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Bestände des Ostlesesaals | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The restructuring and renovating measures in the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room have been finished; the book collections will be transported back as of 11 June 2019. Around 46,000 volumes on Eastern, Eastern-Central and South-Eastern Europe, on the Orient and on Asia, which had been accommodated temporarily on the third level of the General Reading Room, will now return to their original reading room.

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Titelseite der sowjetischen Satirezeitschrift Krokodil, Ausgabe Nr. 1 aus dem Jahr 1960 | © East View Information Services

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired a license for free-of-charge access to the “Krokodil Digital Archive” containing the digital copies of all issues of Krokodil. "Krokodil" was a Soviet satirical periodical that was published from 1922 to 2008 and poked fun at topics such as religion, alcoholism, the Soviet bureaucracy or the politics and society in the “West” in its caricatures and satirical texts.

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Titelblatt der Biblij Cžeská von Melantrich z Aventina, Jirí, d. 1511 – 1580 und Netolické, Bartolomej, d. 1552, 1549 in Prag gedruckt | © Brill

Within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies, the digital collection "Slavonic Bibles Online" has recently been made accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad. The digital collection comprises a total of 100 works in various Slavic languages, in particular in Church-Slavonic, which were produced in around 30 Eastern-European locations, but also in Berlin or Venice.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has successfully submitted three requests for the continuation of the funding line "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" ("Specialised Information Services for Research and Scholarship") by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The library receives funds in the amount of EUR 7.4 million for the years 2019 to 2021. They will serve for the further expansion of the Specialised Information Services for Classical Studies, Historical Studies and Russian, East and Southeast European Studies.

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The digital source collection "The Chernobyl Files. Declassified Documents of the Ukrainian KGB" has been acquired recently within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies. It makes Ukrainian and Soviet governmental documents on the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl accessible free of charge Germany-wide and at German institutes abroad.

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