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[From left to right] Dr. Dorothea Sommer (Deputy Director General), Wolf von Lojewski, Dr. Claudia Fabian (Head of the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books) on the occasion of the donation | © BSB/U. Rehusch

The Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books has welcomed a generous donation: The television journalist Wolf von Lojewski presented Dr. Dorothea Sommer, Deputy Director General, and the library department with his collection of 326 individual sheets of Hartmann Schedel’s World Chronicle.

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The "Universitetskaja Biblioteka Online" is an online repository offering access to around 70,000 Russian-language e-books and e-journals. Its focus is on humanities, with the majority of publications being about Russia.

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STERN Photo Archive | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The first 70,000 images from the STERN Photo Archive are on their way to digitization. This means that the time is drawing a bit nearer when you can see the photos online and use them.

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Willy Brandt with his son Lars in Algeria in April 1974. Brandt’s last journey abroad as Federal Chancellor, a few days before he stepped back | © BSB/Image Archive/Karsten de Riese

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the photo archive of Karsten de Riese, which includes around 390,000 images. With this important document of analogue photography in Germany in the second half of the 20th century, the library further expands its already extensive Image Archive, which is the largest of its kind held by any public-sector institution in Germany.

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

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB), Germany’s largest research and universal library, will migrate its library services to the cloud-based Alma® platform by Ex Libris. For almost 20 years, the BSB had used a local system that was becoming increasingly complex and meeting the limits of its performance capability. The transition to the cloud-based software as a service solution by Ex Libris, a company of the ProQuest group, is intended to significantly boost efficiency and user friendliness.

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