In preparation for exhibitions, the Institute of Conservation of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek checks the condition of the exhibits, and decides on conservation treatments if necessary. The optimal presentation of a medieval manuscript or a rare printed work requires a precisely fitting made-to-measure and unobtrusive book mount that holds the book securely with a certain tilt angle. In order to determine the dimensions for the book mount, the book is measured in the intended position for presentation. The Institute of Conservation has developed a dimensioning device and a form to support effectively the exhibition work.

The video introduces the two tools in detail and explains the fields of the Munich dimensioning form step by step.

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Both, the Munich dimensioning form and an image of the Munich dimensioning device are available for download.

Munich dimensioning form  (PDF, 663 KB)
Picture of the Munich dimensioning device  (PDF, 683 KB)

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is also in high demand for loans to exhibitions worldwide. Conservators ensure as couriers the safe transport of the exhibits and check the borrower's compliance with all conservation requirements such as lighting with a maximum of 50 lux and the optimal climatic conditions to prevent any damage to the exhibits.