Current activities, events


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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Nikolai Molodovsky (1899 – 1986) | © BSB/Image Archive/Nikolai Molodovsky

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the archive of the photographer Nikolai Molodovsky (1899 – 1986), which includes around 69,000 images. Nikolai Molodovsky documented everyday life in the Bavarian countryside during the time after the war, thereby creating impressive snapshots which frequently tell stories. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek further expands its important Image Archive – the largest of its kind held by any German public-sector institution – by this unique collection of materials from Bavaria.

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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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STERN Photo Archive | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The first 70,000 images from the STERN Photo Archive are on their way to digitization. This means that the time is drawing a bit nearer when you can see the photos online and use them.

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Willy Brandt shaving (1969) | © BSB/STERN Photo Archive/Jay Ullal

In a feature highly worth seeing, the NDR TV channel reports about the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek which will now take over the life’s work of the Flensburg photo journalist Dirk Hentschel.

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  • 27 – 28 April 2017
    Annual conference of the working group of public-sector image archives and Land media centers
    Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich, Friedrich-von-Gärtner Saal
    Programme  (PDF, 129 KB)

Participation in conferences

  • Conference of the working group of image archives, Marburg, April 2016
  • Participation in Archive Day, 8 March 2016 – Deutsches Museum Munich: Introduction of the collections and presentation of objects on "Mobility in transition"
  • Conference of the working group of image archives, Dresden, April 2015
  • Launch of DigiPortA, April 2015

Exhibitions and presentations

  • 2024: Wanderlust – A journey around the world in city maps
  • 2023: Into the Alps, but why? – The crossing of the Alps from the Middle Ages to the present in maps and photographs
  • 2018: Built 175 years ago – destroyed 75 years ago. The building of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • 2018: Wanderlust – A journey around the world in city maps
  • 2017: Images, images, images – The photographic archives of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek  (→ also as virtual exhibition)
  • 2016: Costume hats and tourists
  • 2015: Reverie and reality of library construction
  • 2014: Smile, please! – Press photographers
  • 2013: Oriental pastry
  • 2012: Masquerade
  • 2010: Costume hats and tourists
  • 2009: Charles Robert Darwin
  • 1997: From Armstrong to Zappa

Images, images, images

Virtual exhibition on the photographic archives of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

To the virtual exhibition
The architect Tino Walz in the Fountain Courtyard of the Residence destroyed by the war, Munich, 1945 (Photographic archive Tino Walz) | © BSB/ Image Archive


Picture credits
Images, images, images | © BSB/ Image Archive