With regard to the quantity and quality of its historical holdings and due to the traditionally broad acquisition profile, the music collection constitutes one of the internationally leading music libraries. In its stacks, currently around 455,000 sheet-music prints, 72,000 music manuscripts, 330 sets of personal papers, 93,000 music sound recordings and 164,000 music books and music periodicals are kept.
In January 2014, the special collection area musicology was replaced by the Specialised Information Service for Musicology (Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Musikwissenschaft) funded by the German Research Foundation. The FID programme prioritises the acquisition and provision of digital media relevant in the field of specialisation (databases, e-books, e-journals, primary online editions of sheet music). The collections of conventional media (e.g. sheet-music prints, books, journals) and of sound carriers will be further expanded continuously in the future as well. More ...
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