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Over 1.9 million digitized volumes, the largest fleet of scanners of all German cultural institutions, innovation projects such as the image-based similarity search, the newspaper portal digiPress, apps, 3D digitization, new presentation systems for digital contents, cooperation projects with Google, the Stanford University Libraries or the Fraunhofer Society and much more mark the digitization strategy of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. The library now celebrates the 20th anniversary of its Munich Digitization Center (MDZ).

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In cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek publishes the Bibliotheksmagazin for the interested public three times per year. It features interesting reports and news from the exciting world of the two large German universal libraries.

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The journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern contains specialised articles and news informing about all areas of public and academic librarianship in Bavaria, Germany and the world. The current issue 2/2017 is dedicated largely to the topic "music libraries in Bavaria".

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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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