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Official portrait of King Ludwig II of Bavaria after his accession to the throne in the year 1864. Oil on canvas, Ferdinand Piloty the Younger (1828 – 1895), Munich, 1865 | Bavarian Administration of Palaces, Gardens and Lakes/Schwenk

The cultural portal bavarikon presents the virtual exhibition "König Ludwig II. von Bayern – Leben, Spuren, Mythos" ("King Ludwig II of Bavaria – Life, legacy, legend") including 150 objects from 12 Bavarian cultural institutions. Everybody interested in culture and all Ludwig fans can now walk in the footsteps of the fairytale king – online.

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

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek takes a further step towards normalising its library operations. The opening hours of the General Reading Room, so far strongly limited due to the Corona pandemic, are extended, the learning and working area "Plaza" is re-opened and also the Stabi Café opens its doors again for visitors. Further opening steps are scheduled as of Monday, 12 July 2021.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern 2/2021, detail of cover | © Patricia Jaeger/Mohr Design on the basis of a photograph by BSB/H.-R. Schulz

"Like other trades and sectors, a little more than one year ago, libraries had to learn very quickly that the pandemic is more than a brief thunderstorm that will be over soon. Libraries have changed at lightning speed; many of these changes will persist, will be integrated into a new normal in the course of time, will complement or replace hitherto formats and services."

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