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Fotogeschichten zu ausgewählten Bildern der Ausstellung | © BSB/Bildarchiv

Use our photo stories to take a look at selected images of the exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" and find out about some interesting facts and anecdotes.

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Gale Reference Complete | © Gale, a Cengage Company

"Gale Reference Complete" largely covers all fields of research and scholarship, includes primary and secondary sources and offers high-quality contents. From studies to research – the database contents appeal to interested readers of all academic levels. The test access is freely available to registered users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek as of now, up to the end of September 2020.

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JSTOR, Logo | © JSTOR

JSTOR offers online access to more than 12 million scholarly journal articles, books and primary sources from 75 disciplines. Complementing the contents already licensed by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, JSTOR has enabled access to all electronic journals up to the end of the year 2020 and to around 32,000 e-books up to the end of August 2020.

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Wasserzeichen-Motiv aus dem Plakat zur Kabinettpräsentation | © BSB

As of 2 June 2020
Cabinet presentation forming part of the series “Musical treasures”
In front of the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images, the Department of Music shows a cabinet presentation on watermarks in music manuscripts of the 15th and 16th century. The presentation forms the completion point of a DFG-funded cataloguing and thermography project.

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Bayerische Staatsbibliothek erfolgreich wiedereröffnet | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

In the course of the Bavaria-wide loosening of the measures taken due to the corona pandemic, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which had to be closed completely on 17 March, has been re-opened and taken up its services again step by step. Since 25 May, the library has now been offering the majority of its services again.

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Die Gaststätte Bayerischer Donisl in der Weinstraße. Georg Fruhstorfer, 1948 – 1949 | © BSB/Bildarchiv (fruh-00011)

On 25 May 2020, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopens its successful photography exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" for the public. Visitors can then view the 270 exhibits from the historical image archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek with certain limitations – up to and including 31 July 2020 at that.

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© SFIO CRACHO – fotolia.com

The Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies has started a newsletter service a short while ago. historicumNEWS informs historians, for example, about literature search in historicumSEARCH or in the Deutsche Historische Bibliografie (German Historical Bibliography), FID licenses available on a supra-regional scale or developments on the platform recensio.regio. Subscribers are additionally kept posted about events and courses.

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Pravda, Ausschnitt der Titelseite vom 16. November 1912 | © East View Information Services

The provider East View offers free-of-charge access to various online resources for students and researchers up to the end of July of 2020 within the scope of the license held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The offer runs the gamut from "Pravda" (issues up to December 2019), to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", "Novaya Gazeta", "The Current Digest of the Russian Press" and "The Current Digest of the Chinese Press", up to the e-book collection "Essential Russian Classics".

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© PantherMedia/gunnar3000 (YAYMicro)

In order to support students and teaching during the summer semester 2020, the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies provides tutorials on information literacy at short notice, which are intended, among other things, as online study materials for independent use by students.

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Kunstminister Bernd Sibler (rechts) mit Dr. Johannes Gramlich (Mitte) und Dr. Stephan Kellner (links) bei der Präsentation des Berichts zur Provenienzforschung 2019 in Bayern | © Bianca Preis/StMWK

The Research Association for Provenance Research has presented its activity report for 2019, documenting the research work of the 22 participating institutions, among them also the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. In the course of last year, a total of 362 objects could be restituted, 36 research projects could be processed and over 120 notifications of finds could be published.

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© BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopens its research reading rooms as of Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in a limited way, subject to prior registration and in compliance with the respectively required hygiene measures. The Aventinus Reading Room, the Reading Room Music/ Maps/ Images, the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books and the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room will be opened (Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 in each case).

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© BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

Home loan with collection and return of items and user registration on site will be possible again as of 27 April 2020 with limited access. Until further notice, up to 6 items per user can be ordered at the same time for home loan from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek via the OPACplus.

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© utb GmbH

More than 2,300 German-language textbooks and study literature of the platform utb-studi-e-book can be used electronically via the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek as of now. Access is provided for registered users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, also in the form of remote access from home.

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© BSB/H.-R. Schulz

In the light of the current situation, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is directing its focus more strongly at its digital contents and optimizes its services for users. These services range from a simplified registration process to virtual exhibitions. The library building of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek currently remains closed for visitors. In order to support its users, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers numerous digital contents and search possibilities on its web pages. In addition, its services and procedures are being optimized for users.

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© BSB/H.-R.Schulz

Even in a time of lockdown and social distancing, bavarikon continues offering the opportunity to experience art and culture without limitation! What is more – we are working on expanding our services continuously and are particularly pleased that we can now make available around 40,000 new content items for you in the extended collection "Books on Bavaria". This means that we have now exceeded the threshold of 300,000 digital copies!

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SAGE Knowledge | © SAGE Publications

The platform SAGE Knowledge offers access to English-language e-books, encyclopaedias and reference books of the publishing house SAGE in full-text form, in particular from the fields of humanities and social sciences, including numerous internationally commended titles.

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© Literaturportal Bayern

DigiLABS, the “Digitaler Literaturatlas von Bayerisch-Schwaben” has been launched online today. Being the only one of its kind within Germany, the digitization project provides a cartography of the literature landscape of the Bavarian part of Swabia. The places of activity of authors from the Bavarian-Swabian region, as well as historical sites of literature can be found marked on a digital map.

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Sammlung Tusculum | © De Gruyter

Tusculum, near Rome, was the city where Cicero had his country house, which served as his retreat. Tusculum was considered the epitome of leisure and of valuable escapes from a demanding everyday life – and gave its name to the famous book series. The "Sammlung Tusculum" (collection Tusculum) is the most extensive book series on Greek and Latin literature in the German language area.

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© BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The website of the Consulting Center for Public Libraries has been submitted to a complex relaunch. The website has been rendered more professional and easy to use by the responsible working group web relaunch in cooperation with the editorial team of the consulting center in charge of the specialised columns and staff members of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Turnierbuch Wilhelms IV. von Bayern (1493 – 1550) | © BSB/bavarikon

bavarikon newly features around 190 lithographies. These are prints produced in the lithographic printing technique – a method developed in Munich, which revolutionised the reproduction of image materials.

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© Gallica-BnF/retronews.fr

The Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies offers access to retronews.fr up to 22 February 2020 within the scope of a short-term test. The platform contains around 15 million articles from 600 digitized French newspapers published in the period between 1631 and 1950.

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Gütesiegel „Certified Licensor“ des BVPA | © 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. 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.

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Christus am Ölberg. Detail der einzigen erhaltenen Radierplatte Albrecht Dürers samt Abzug, 1515 (Kupferplatte 25 und I C 1) | © Staatsbibliothek Bamberg/Gerald Raab

Masterpieces of calligraphy, printing plates of copper, iron and zinc, detailed pencil drawings of landmark buildings in and around Bamberg and a fund of handwritten and drawn sources on the history of Bamberg – the new digital collections of the Bamberg State Library are equally diverse and unique.

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Richard Strauss. Particell des Spätwerks „Metamorphosen” | © BSB/Mus.ms. 20864

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been making the music manuscripts from the personal papers of the most prominent composers available online for several years, among them autographs of Gustav Mahler, Josef Rheinberger, Max Reger, Heinrich Kaminski, Hugo Distler and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. At the beginning of the year 2020, the works of two of the most important German composers of the first half of the 20th century lost copyright protection: Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949) and Hans Pfitzner (1869 – 1949).

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#2019Bestnine auf Instagram | © BSB

We are pleased about the 10,587 likes we have received for our 108 posts in the year 2019 on our Instagram account @bsbmuenchen.

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Bauarbeiten | © BSB

Due to construction work by the Stadtwerke (department of public works) Munich on a district cooling pipeline, access to the BSB's parking lot for disabled visitors will be possible exclusively via the entrance at Kaulbachstrasse 9 (Bavarian Supreme Audit Office) as of Monday, 27 January 2020, presumably up to 1 March 2020.

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Hans VI. Tucher, Miniatur im Großen Tucherbuch, 1590 – 1606 | © Stadtarchiv Nürnberg/Inventarnummer: E29/III, 258, fol. 74r

Today, travellers have a wide range of information at their disposal, from conventional travel literature to experience reports on the Internet. But which media did travellers use in the late Middle Ages? Who was even able to travel? Pioneers of travel at that time were pilgrims. As a result, one of the most important German-language travel reports of this time is thanks to a Jerusalem pilgrim, Hans VI Tucher (1428 – 1491).

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Josef Anton Riedl (2. v. l.) gemeinsam mit Carl Orff (rechts) im Siemens-Studio für elektronische Musik, undatiert | © BSB/Bildarchiv

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has received the personal papers of the composer Josef Anton Riedl (born in Munich in 1927, died in Murnau in 2016), including both his musical work and documentation of his life, as a donation by the family von Külmer, Christiane and Stefanie von Külmer.

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© BillionPhotos.com – fotolia.com

The historical archives of the British dailies "The Daily Telegraph" (1855 – 2000) and "Daily Mail" (1896 – 2004), as well as that of "The Listener" (1929 – 1991), a weekly publication of the BBC containing discussions and comments on predominantly cultural and intellectual radio programmes, have now been made available in digital form at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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