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Courses and webinars | © BSB/M. McKee

The new training program for the first half of 2024 is now available! Whether you are a curious beginner or an experienced researcher, we have the right course for you.

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Signing of the cooperation agreement. From left to right back row: Afrim Nura, Hajrulla Ҫeku, Markus Blume; from left to right front row: Fazli Gajraku, Klaus Ceynowa | © Axel König/StMWK

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the National Library of Kosova "Pjetër Bogdani" signed a cooperation agreement today, on Friday, 28 October 2022, in the presence of the Bavarian State Minister for Sciences, Research and the Arts, Markus Blume, the Kosovar Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Hajrulla Ҫeku, and the Kosovar Consul General in Munich, Afrim Nura. The agreement envisages a closer cooperation of the two institutions in numerous fields of library activities.

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East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

After you have logged in on the web page of our booking system, you can now view and manage your bookings in a newly designed overview.

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General Reading Room | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

As of next Monday, 2 May, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek extends the opening hours of its reading rooms, thereby surpassing its opening hours before the Covid pandemic. The successful reading-place reservation system will be maintained for all reading rooms.

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#standwithukraine | © BSB

On account of the war of aggression waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and the immeasurable suffering that the Russian government is bringing to a peaceful, democratic country, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage suspend their cooperation with the Russian Presidential Library as from today.

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The newsletter of the Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies enables you to stay up to date in the field of East-European studies. It contains information about interesting digital or printed source and material collections, newly licensed databases and research tools, freshly published research data, "thematic dossiers" as a "first point of access" to selected areas of content, courses, events and other relevant dates, the further development of services of the "Specialised Information Service for East, Central and Southeast European Studies" and much more.

For further information and registration for the newsletter please go to the research portal osmikon. The earlier issues of the Eastern Europe newsletter continue to be available in the archive.

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