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Within the framework of a ceremonial act on 19 June 2017, the Free State of Bavaria restituted 44 manuscripts, map works and files from the holdings of the state archive of Nuremberg and of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek to the descendants of the Munich Orientalist Prof. Karl Süßheim. The family had been dispossessed of the works in the time of the Third Reich.

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At an auction, which took place in Munich at the beginning of May, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek successfully acquired a large portion of the personal papers of the widely known journalist and author Gerhart Herrmann Mostar (1901 – 1973), whose professional life and work was closely connected to Munich.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek expands its digital services again, launching the newspaper portal digiPress for the presentation of digitized newspapers. Up to the end of the year, the research portal will almost triple in volume: from currently 340 to over 1,000 copyright-free historical newspaper titles.

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On the occasion of the anniversary of the Russian revolutions of 1917, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is producing a continuously growing digital newspaper compilation about the revolutionary events, from the "February Revolution" to the "October Revolution".

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25 April – 7 July 2017
Cabinet presentation of the Image Archive
"Images, images, images – The photographic archives of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" is the title of the current presentation of the Image Archive, which can be visited as of now up to 7 July 2017 in front of the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images.

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One hundred years ago, Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof died in Warsaw. The Jewish ophthalmologist is the inventor of the constructed language "Esperanto". Throughout his life, he strived to further international understanding and peace by means of a neutral language. The virtual exhibition "Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof" now offers further insight into the life and work of Zamenhof.

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The astronomic manuscript in the Arabic language was created in Isfahan between 1630 and 1650. It comprises 100 sheets, contains numerous illustrations with graphical drawings of the planets' orbits and very finely drawn allegoric representations in human form.

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The database made available within the framework of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies contains archive materials on the history of the Soviet vacation camp Artek on the Crimea. The collection offers valuable insight into the educational system and social history of the Soviet Union.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) and the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; SLUB) have started the second phase of the "Fachinformationsdienst Musikwissenschaft" (FID Musikwissenschaft, "Specialised Information Service for Musicology"), a three-year project subsidised by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with around EUR 1.5 million. The objective of the project is to make relevant information services for cutting-edge research in musicology available professionally in Germany.

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The app "Famous Books" presents a selection of 52 most valuable manuscripts, unique incunabula and printed works from the Occident and the Orient. The digitized works of high colour brilliance can now be browsed in their entirety with infinite zoom on both Apple devices and, as of late, Android devices.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has digitized the total of the extensive personal papers of Count August von Platen, which have been preserved by the library since 1870 and include many thousand pages. This means that the complete oeuvre of the Romantic author, who lived from 1796 to 1835, is now accessible online.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and the University of Passau have launched the "Sprechender Sprachatlas von Niederbayern und dem angrenzenden Böhmerwald" ("Speaking linguistic atlas of Lower Bavaria and the adjacent Bohemian Forest region"), which has been developed in a cooperation project. The interactive service is directed at a broad public and is accessible as of now via the Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online.

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The Munich Digitization Center has made the 1.2-millionth work accessible online by digitizing one of the most magnificent books of hours of the school of Ghent-Bruges (Clm 28345). The manuscript with 28 whole-page, 60 half- and quarter-page and smaller miniatures and 24 bas-de-page calendar miniatures can be browsed online in its entirety now.

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As of late, ten red banners with quotes of well-known philosophers, authors, scholars and publicists have been gracing the pilasters of the gallery of our grand staircase. While being very different, the quotes "all have in common that they express something worth reflecting and something controversial from the manifold life worlds of the mind and culture", explains Director General Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, who has also selected them.

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Titled "Martin Luther and the early Reformation in Bavaria. Supporters, adversaries, sympathisers", the cultural portal bavarikon presents its first virtual exhibition in 2017, the year of the Reformation's anniversary. The exhibition is unique, not only with respect to its volume, but also the approach taken: Twenty-one cultural institutions take part in the virtual exhibition showing 123 high-carat exhibits.

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Due to reconstruction and remodelling measures, the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room will be closed as of 3 April 2017. We kindly ask you to use the other reading rooms of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek for the duration of the works, which will presumably take until the start of 2018.

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The new digital source collection has been licensed within the framework of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies with the support of the German Research Foundation. It pools documents on the activities of US intelligence services in connection with the Soviet Union, showing their successes and failures.

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In the "Digital Collections", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek now presents all music autographs by the German composer Heinrich Kaminski (1886 – 1946) held by the Department of Music. Kaminski, originally from Tiengen in the Black Forest area, lived in Heidelberg and Berlin after his years of studies, and later, as of 1914, in the small village of Ried in Upper Bavaria.

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The "Bibliotheksmagazin" is published three times per year to report about the collections, activities and services of the state libraries in Berlin and Munich. The issue 1/17 of the journal will be presented in a new layout for the first time. The library journal can also be retrieved online.

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The Department of Music of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek will be able to implement two important projects in the course of the coming three years thanks to the funding by the German Research Foundation: the start of cataloguing and digitization of the Schott archive and the cataloguing and digitization of over 200 valuable opera scores of the 18th century.

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The most magnificent music manuscript of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the large Renaissance choir book with penitential psalms by Orlando di Lasso (Mus.ms. A) is the object of a conference at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences. On the occasion of the conference, also a concert will take place in the church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Munich, on 23 February 2017, 19:30.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is testing the discovery service Yewno as an additional topical search engine for digital full texts. The software works on the basis of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is the first European institution to make this new search technology available to its users within the framework of a three-month pilot phase. Users can send their feedback to the project team by means of a response form. The service is available at: https://www.bsb-muenchen.de/en/search-and-service/searching-and-finding/yewno/

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27 February 2017, 18:00
The Department of Eastern Europe of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich, the Graduate School for East- and South-East European Studies and the association MIR cordially invite you to the screening of the documentary film "In search of a lost paradise" in the Werkstattkino in Fraunhoferstrasse 9 on 27 February 2017.

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23 February 2017, 10:00 – 17:00
On 23 February 2017, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek hosts a public congress on the topic of repositories "Storage – the final frontier" in cooperation with the Library Buildings and Equipment Section of IFLA.

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Integrum Social Networks permits the systematic evaluation of the large amounts of data generated in social networks. The analysis tool (available in the Russian language version only) makes it possible to search social media (Twitter, Facebook, VKontakte, LiveJournal, etc.) for individual keywords and to break the results further down into individual days and weeks.

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As of 1 February 2017, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers access for one year to the e-books of the full collection of Cambridge University Press, comprising around 32,000 titles.

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The latest present to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is of an extraordinary format and volume: a Tripitaka from Inner Mongolia, a 400-volume Buddhist canon in the Mongolian language. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek thus holds the so far only copy of the new edition of the Mongolian Tripitaka in Germany.

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More than 60 outstanding items from the music collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are available now in the culture portal bavarikon in the form of high-resolution digital copies. Among them are manuscripts written in person by important composers such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Joseph Haydn, Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is expanding its digital services again. Users from the fields of scholarship and research can now include all digital copies produced so far – thus around 1.2 million volumes with around 270 million book pages and 43 million images – in a similarity-based image search for similar motifs and images. The service is available at https://bildsuche.digitale-sammlungen.de and can also be used on mobile terminals.

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The 17th of January 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Italian composer Antonio Scandello. From Bergamo, his place of birth, his musical career first took him to Trent in 1547, and two years later he followed the invitation by Elector Maurice of Saxony to the Saxon court music ensemble in Dresden, which he directed as of 1568 up to his death.

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