Use and service

Opening hours of the Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images

Monday – Friday09:00 – 17:00 Uhr

Direct links

Overview of the reading roomReading Room for Music, Maps and Images
Collection of portraits and views, photographic archivesOPAC of Image Archive
Image portal for the Ohlbaum Photo ArchiveOhlbaum Photo Archive
Volumes with shelf mark "BA"BSB DISCOVER!

Using media in the reading room – Ordering reproductions

The collections of the Image Archive are particularly worthy of protection and may therefore be used exclusively in the Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images.

Large parts of the images from the collection of portraits and views and from the photographic archives are available in digital format. They can be searched and viewed in the OPAC of the Image Archive.
Images from the Ohlbaum Photo Archive can be searched in the associated image portal.

Ordering reproductions

For reproductions, these images can be made available in high-resolution quality under the conditions of use of the Image Archive. Also new digital copies can be produced. The use of the images is subject to authorisation and usually subject to a fee.

Please direct your request – stating the image number, where possible – to:

Ordering items for viewing in the reading room

The collections can be viewed exclusively in the library, in the Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images (1st floor). The images need to be ordered using a green order slip, stating the classification mark.

Volumes bearing the shelf mark "BA" can be ordered in BSB DISCOVER! and can likewise be used exclusively in the Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images.

Booking a working place

Seal of quality "Certified Licensor" of the Bundesverband Professioneller Bildanbieter

The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek received the seal of quality "Certified Licensor" of the Federal Association of Professional Image Providers (Bundesverband Professioneller Bildanbieter; BVPA) at the beginning of the year 2020. This means that the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, with its collection now grown to 17 million images, has become a member of the circle of big picture agencies, such as mauritius images or bpk.
The certificate indicates to customers that the provider has sound legal knowledge and that their requests will be handled swiftly and at a high quality level.

Loans for exhibitions