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Staatsporträt König Ludwigs II. von Bayern nach seiner Thronbesteigung im Jahr 1864. Öl auf Leinwand, Ferdinand Piloty d. J. (1828 – 1895), München, 1865 | © Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen/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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Allgemeiner Lesesaal, Abstandsregeln während der Corona-Pandemie | © 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, Coverausschnitt | © Patricia Jaeger/Mohr Design auf Fotogrundlage von 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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