News archive

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | © BSB/U. Rehusch

What is hidden behind the heavy wooden doors at Ludwigstraße 16, what cultural assets are in the collections and how did it all begin?

Read more
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.

Read more
Signing of the cooperation agreement. From left to right back row: Afrim Nura, Hajrulla Ҫeku, Markus Blume; from left to right front row: Fazli Gajraku, Klaus Ceynowa | © Axel König/StMWK

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the National Library of Kosova "Pjetër Bogdani" signed a cooperation agreement today, on Friday, 28 October 2022, in the presence of the Bavarian State Minister for Sciences, Research and the Arts, Markus Blume, the Kosovar Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Hajrulla Ҫeku, and the Kosovar Consul General in Munich, Afrim Nura. The agreement envisages a closer cooperation of the two institutions in numerous fields of library activities.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Two editions of the "speaking picture book" | © Landesbibliothek Coburg

Within the scope of a 2-year project, a collection of historical children’s and adolescents’ books will be catalogued at the regional State Library of Coburg. The library had received the collection as a present in 2019. The collection comprising over 1,600 titles belonged to Dr. Ernst Hofmann, the former director of the German Toy Museum in Sonneberg, and his wife Christine Hofmann.

Read more
Annual Report 2021, cover | © BSB

The Annual Report for 2021 contains the current key figures and reports about the events of the past year, such as the acquisitions of the photo archives of Volker Hinz and Karsten de Riese, the new acquisitions in the fields of manuscripts and the Orient and Asia, the new BSB working-place reservation system and projects funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Read more
Some Anglia members represented Bavaria at the Frankfurt Parliament in St. Paul's Church in 1948/49 | © BSB/Pocciana

Count Franz von Pocci (1807 – 1876) was not only a court official and court poet, but also an untiring draughtsman and watercolourist. As a member of the gentlemen’s club "Old England", he created caricatures of the club members, among which there were high-ranking aristocrats and commoners. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has expanded its considerable collection of Pocciana by the so-called "Anglia Albums".

Read more
Dr. Sascha Salatowsky | © Photo: private

On 1 July 2022, Dr. Sascha Salatowsky assumed the office of Director of the regional State Library of Coburg as the successor of Dr. Silvia Pfister, who had been in this office since 2002.

Read more
Jonathan Meese "Mondparsifal" (2017), Ex. 9/20, p. 11; BSB call number 2 L.sel.III 500 | © Jonathan Meese/Harpune Verlag

With "Art between Covers", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek founded a blog specifically dedicated to artists’ books in 2019. It is available as a communication tool not only to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek itself, but also to other collecting institutions.

Read more
Exhibition poster | © BSB/bavarikon

With its new virtual exhibition "Oktoberfest – History, backgrounds, highlights", bavarikon gets all fans of the "Wiesn" and everybody interested in culture and history in the mood for the 187th Munich Oktoberfest . The Internet portal of the Free State of Bavaria presents over 200 exhibits from twelve Bavarian cultural institutions, thus offering a unique digital stroll across the world’s largest fun fair – online at www.bavarikon.de/oktoberfest.

Read more
Qalamos | SBB-PK CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Qalamos, the portal for manuscripts from Asian and African scriptural tradition, starts on 28 June 2022. The portal pools the metadata and digital copies of manuscripts from this area from over 20 German institutions and makes them publicly accessible together for the first time.

Read more
Torah edition from the personal papers of Schalom Ben-Chorin (1913 – 1999) | © BSB

A five-volume Torah edition, which was printed in Fürth between 1801 and 1803 and formerly owned by the famous Jewish Munich citizen Schalom Ben-Chorin (1913 – 1999), could now be purchased by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek to expand its collection of rare Hebrew Bavarica.

Read more
TIP Award 2022 – The team of the prizewinning project [from left to right]: Andreas Grassl, Kay Hartel, Chris Becker, Michael Becht | © Pia Plechinger (HföD/BSB)

The virtual exhibition "Monk, rebel, librarian" has been awarded the TIP Award 2022. Realised as a practice-oriented team project of students of the University of Public Service (HfÖD) and the Bavarian Library Academy in the year 2021, the exhibition reconstructs the live and work of the library pioneer Martin Schrettinger.

Read more
Bibliotheksmagazin 2/22

We’ll bring you the stars from the sky! The new issue of the Bibliotheksmagazin, a journal jointly published by the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, informs about current highlights from the state libraries of Berlin and Munich.

Read more
General Reading Room | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

As of next Monday, 2 May, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek extends the opening hours of its reading rooms, thereby surpassing its opening hours before the Covid pandemic. The successful reading-place reservation system will be maintained for all reading rooms.

Read more
Analogue and digital: Indexing work with the manuscript portal | © University Library of Leipzig

Since 2019, the State Libraries of Berlin and Munich, the University Library of Leipzig and the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel have been working on setting up the Germany-wide web portal handschriftenportal.de, which pools information on manuscripts from the Middle Ages and from modern times forming part of German collections, in a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The DFG has now approved further funding in the amount of almost five million Euros for a three-year continuation of this innovative endeavour, which is custom-fitted to the demands of researchers and collectors.

Read more
Hostesses with mascot Waldi in front of the Olympic tower, 1972 | © BSB/Image Archive/Georg Fruhstorfer

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) opens the photo exhibition "Olympic Games 72 in images. Photographs from the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" on 11 May 2022. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games of 1972, the library takes a look back at the Games and their social, political and cultural dimensions. Most of the images, part of which has not been published before, are from photo collections acquired by the BSB only recently.

Read more
"Favourite waltz of the fair coffee sisters", published in 1817 | © BSB

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek continues the indexing, digitization and setting up of an online presentation of the historical archive of the music publishing house B. Schott’s Söhne. The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports this second project phase with further funding in the amount of around 1.2 million Euro. The archive of the music publishing house seated in Mainz is considered unique among the preserved archives of publishing houses on account of its volume and comprehensiveness. It was entered in the German register of archives of national value (Länderverzeichnis national wertvoller Archive) in 2004.

Read more
General Reading Room, distancing rules during the Corona pandemic | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

For operational reasons and in order to reduce the number of unused bookings, future reservations for the General Reading Room and the Periodicals Reading Room can be made only for a maximum of 7 days in advance via the website and via the app. Existing bookings will remain valid.

Read more
#standwithukraine | © BSB

On account of the war of aggression waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and the immeasurable suffering that the Russian government is bringing to a peaceful, democratic country, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies and the Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage suspend their cooperation with the Russian Presidential Library as from today.

Read more
The Times Digital Archive | © Gale, A Cengage Company

As a newspaper documenting everything, "The Times" has offered important, award-winning reporting, information about parliamentary debates, critical interpretations of facts and a unique historical insight into the views taken by important reporters and issues of the epoch in question already since 1785.

Read more
© vege – fotolia.com

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has successfully submitted three consecutive requests for the continuation of the funding line "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" ("Specialised Information Services for Research and Scholarship"; FID) by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The library receives funds in the amount of 8.6 million Euro for the years 2022 to 2024. They will serve for the further expansion of the Specialised Information Services for Classical Studies, Historical Studies and East, Central and Southeast European Studies.

Read more
Economist Historical Archive | © Gale, A Cengage Company

The "Economist Historical Archive" includes the complete contents of "The Economist", the most important international weekly journal for economic and financial policies, from 1843 to 2020. Also the "Financial Times" is one of the most renowned business journals of the world. The "Financial Times Historical Archive" contains the complete articles of all printed issues of the journal from 1888 to 2016.

Read more
Bibliotheksforum Bayern 4/2021, detail of cover | © Building Authority of the Ludwig-Maximilians University Munich/Medical Reading Hall of the University Library

"Libraries have not buried their heads in the sand during the pandemic, but have thought up something new." In its issue 4/2021, the Bibliotheksforum Bayern offers "many examples for the growth of digital library services, but also for the revival of analogue library services", up to and including hybrid events.

Read more
Volker Hinz and Muhammad Ali, Santa Monica, 1984 | © BSB/stern Photo Archive/Volker Hinz

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the photo archive of Volker Hinz (1947 – 2019), which includes around 1.3 million images. It comprises the entire photographic lifework of Volker Hinz for the weekly journal stern and numerous free works. With this outstanding document of photography in Germany, the library further expands its already extensive Image Archive, which is the largest of its kind held by any public-sector institution in Germany.

Read more
Newspaper example in digiPress | © BSB

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is expanding its digital services again: With the provision of an additional over 361,000 newspaper pages, now a total of around 8.2 million newspaper pages are retrievable at digiPress. At the portal digiPress all digitized historical newspapers from the collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, of a wide variety of regions and languages, from the 17th to the 20th century, are presented centrally with a multitude of functions.

Read more
Bibliotheksmagazin 3/21

With articles about Wolf Biermann’s pre-death estate at the Berlin State Library, about our new photo exhibition "Facing the Balkans" (starting on 11 November 2021) or the cultural heritage of Aschaffenburg at bavarikon. Also the review by Director General Dr. Klaus Ceynowa of 14 years' participation of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in the Google Books Project, from which around 1.2 million digital books have emerged so far, is a very interesting read.

Read more
Russian Social Sciences and Humanities Periodicals. Title page of the journal "Junost" | © East View Information Services

The digital collection "Russian Social Sciences and Humanities Periodicals" contains the most important Russian journals on topics from the fields of humanities and social sciences related to Eastern Europe. It includes all 31 journals of the Russian Academy of Sciences and independent scholarly publications.

Read more
Books for loan | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

Provided that there are compelling reasons for which users cannot comply with the 3G regulation (providing evidence of full recovery from COVID or of vaccination or presenting an up-to-date negative test result) with respect to visiting the library in person, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek provides a delivery service for borrowing books for home loan and returning them as of 11 October 2021. In addition to the already existing free-of-charge delivery, also the costs of return shipment will be absorbed by the library.

Read more
Top