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Up to the end of 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers registered users the opportunity to test online reference works of the scholarly publishing house Oxford University Press on a great variety of disciplines free of charge.

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Subject-heading card catalogue of the war-themed collection | © BSB

On time for the end of the 100-year anniversary of the First World War and the November Revolution, the adding of the old subject headings from the time between 1914 and 1981 in the homonymous special catalogue of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek could be concluded.

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Steve Jobs, spring 1984 | © BSB/ Stern Photo Archive/ Jürgen Gebhardt

In the presence of Bernd Sibler, the Bavarian State Minister of Sciences, Research and the Arts, the analogue photographic archive of the magazine STERN is presented for the first time today at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB), with a number of former STERN photographers taking part as well. Moreover, a small selection of photographs is shown. The Hamburg publishing house Gruner + Jahr donated the analogue photographic archive of the magazine STERN, which comprises 15 million photographs, to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek at the start of 2019, in order to ensure the long-term existence of the archive and to make it accessible to the public and research.

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Zeitgeschichte Open | © BSB/ W. Herr, B. Kroll

The Center for Electronic Publishing (ZEP) of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has activated a document server on contemporary history – for the time being in a beta version – in cooperation with the Institute for Contemporary History Munich – Berlin (IfZ). Many publications of the IfZ are accessible here in the open-access format as of now.

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Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War | © Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Since July 2019, researchers have been enabled obtain access to the extensive source database "Secret Files from World Wars to Cold War" following individual registration with the Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies.

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