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#2019Bestnine on Instagram | © BSB

We are pleased about the 10,587 likes we have received for our 108 posts in the year 2019 on our Instagram account @bsbmuenchen.

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Construction work | © BSB

Due to construction work by the Stadtwerke (department of public works) Munich on a district cooling pipeline, access to the BSB's parking lot for disabled visitors will be possible exclusively via the entrance at Kaulbachstrasse 9 (Bavarian Supreme Audit Office) as of Monday, 27 January 2020, presumably up to 1 March 2020.

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Hans VI Tucher, miniature in the Großes Tucherbuch, 1590 – 1606 | © Nuremberg City Archives/ Inventory number: E29/III, 258, fol. 74r

Today, travellers have a wide range of information at their disposal, from conventional travel literature to experience reports on the Internet. But which media did travellers use in the late Middle Ages? Who was even able to travel? Pioneers of travel at that time were pilgrims. As a result, one of the most important German-language travel reports of this time is thanks to a Jerusalem pilgrim, Hans VI Tucher (1428 – 1491).

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Josef Anton Riedl (2nd from left) together with Carl Orff (right) at the Siemens Studio for Electronic Music, undated | © BSB/ Image Archive

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has received the personal papers of the composer Josef Anton Riedl (born in Munich in 1927, died in Murnau in 2016), including both his musical work and documentation of his life, as a donation by the family von Külmer, Christiane and Stefanie von Külmer.

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© BillionPhotos.com – fotolia.com

The historical archives of the British dailies "The Daily Telegraph" (1855 – 2000) and "Daily Mail" (1896 – 2004), as well as that of "The Listener" (1929 – 1991), a weekly publication of the BBC containing discussions and comments on predominantly cultural and intellectual radio programmes, have now been made available in digital form at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Visual History Archive | © ProQuest

The recently licensed database "Visual History Archive" offers access to 55,000 digitized interviews recorded in 62 countries and in 41 languages, predominantly with survivors of the Holocaust.

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Russia Presidential Election 2018 | © East View Information Services

Political scientists and historians in the field of eastern-European studies in Germany can look forward to free-of-charge access to the new database "Russia Presidential Election 2018", for which a license has been acquired recently within the scope of the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies.

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Origen, Homiliae in psalmos, 12th century (beginning) | © BSB/ Cod.graec. 314, sheet 1r

Volume 5 of the catalogue of Greek manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich introduces 83 manuscripts. More than half of the codices originally formed part of the collection of the Augsburg trader Johann Jakob Fugger (1516 – 1575) and of manuscript holdings sold by the widely known writer and manuscript trader Andreas Darmarios to Duke William V of Bavaria in 1583. This means that they formed part of the collection at the time of foundation of the Munich court library.

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Court library in the Wilhelminum next to the church of St. Michael in 1789 | © BSB/ Image Archive

Elector Karl Theodor (reigned 1777 – 1799) decided on 18 December 1789 to have his Munich court library "opened for use by all and sundry ... without distinction of class or status ... for the promotion of scholarship". The princely book collection was on its way to a state institution; its opening constituted a milestone for the public.

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Augustinus manuscript in Anglo-Saxon minuscule script of the 8th century (detail) | © BSB/ Clm 14653, sheet 29v

The fifth catalogue volume on the Latin and medieval manuscripts of the Benedictine abbey St. Emmeram in Regensburg contains detailed codicological and contentual descriptions of 142 manuscripts of the 8th to the 16th century, a temporal focus of the preserved works being on the 15th century.

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Detail from the first roll-up of the documentary exhibition | © Consulate General of the Republic of Bulgaria in Munich

15 November 2019 – 15 January 2020
The Bulgarian Consulate General in Munich celebrates the 140th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the two countries with a documentary exhibition, making phases from the development of German-Bulgarian diplomacy visible from 1879 to the present.

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Cosmography by Muḥammed Ibn-Zakarīyā al-Qazwīnīs (The Miracles of Creation). version of the 18th century | © BSB/ Cod.arab. 463

In the course of the coming three years, the German Research Foundation will fund the development of a union catalogue and of a portal "Orient-Digital" for oriental manuscripts. It is intended to establish common cataloguing standards, to convert printed catalogues into electronic ones and to pool all existing electronic catalogue entries. Under the direction of the Oriental Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Gotha Research Library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and the University Computation Center (URZ) Leipzig will be cooperating closely.

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Belarus Anti-Fascist Resistance Collection | © East View Information Services

The Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies has acquired two new source collections with so far unpublished or not readily accessible materials on the resistance against the German occupation of Belarus during the Second World War.

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© Adam Matthew Digital

The diverse and comprehensive collection on ethnomusicology includes materials from all over the world. The database contains thousands of audio field recordings and interviews, educational recordings, film materials, field books, slides, correspondence and ephemera from more than 60 fields of study, from West Africa, North America and South-East Asia among other regions.

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© BillionPhotos.com – fotolia.com

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has recently extended access to the digital newspaper archives of two of the biggest American dailies again: "The New York Times" from 1851 to 2015 and "The Washington Post" from 1877 to 2002.

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Bayerische Staatsbibliothek hands over 203 books to the German Masonic Museum in Bayreuth | © BSB/ U. Rehusch

Within the framework of an event on 4 December 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has restituted 203 illegally acquired books from its holdings to the German Masonic Museum in Bayreuth in the presence of Minister of Sciences Bernd Sibler. The library thus continues its endeavours started in 2003 to return NS loot to its original owners or their heirs or legal successors.

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Maria Janitschek (1859 – 1927): Mimikry, ein Stück modernes Leben (Mimikry, a piece of modern life) | © BSB/ bavarikon

Following the Evas Töchter (Eve's daughters) exhibition at the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus (2018) and looking back on 100 years of women's suffrage, the bavarikon exhibition wants to take influential women writers in Bavaria into account. On display are digital copies from Munich's female writers, all of whose personal papers are kept in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek – their fictional works and essays, their correspondence with the city's cultural and literary personalities within and outside the women's movement, as well as portraits of their most important representatives.

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Bibliotheksforum Bayern, detail of the cover | © BSB/ Bibliotheksforum Bayern

"When you take a look at the table of contents of this issue of Bibliotheksforum Bayern, you will notice at once: the issue is penetrated in its entirety by all things digital. Not only are there five articles explicitly dedicated to the digital library, but there are also other sections which deal with this topic again and again: 'Continuity in the midst of change: Increasing use of digital media', 'Blended learning, gamification and co.' and 'Social media in professional training' – the article titles speak a clear language."

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"Die Ungeborenen" | COPYRIGHT ANSELM KIEFER. Photos: BSB/ L. Landes

The Directors General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Dr. Klaus Ceynowa and Dr. Dorothea Sommer, were delighted to take a look at the artist’s book created in 2002, for which Anselm Kiefer treated photographs with ash and lead. "Die Ungeborenen" – the unborn – are all children who were aborted, never begotten or those who will be born in the future. The prominent recent acquisition joins a further Libri Selecti of the artist: The large-format "Euridike" came to the collection of artists’ books almost 30 years ago.

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Artistically painted Tibetan book cover, 15th/ 16th century | © BSB/ Public Relations

The collection of over 100 Tibetan book covers of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been expanded by a show-piece from the 15th/ 16th century. The artistically painted specimen shows the historical Buddha with his students and characters of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Elector Karl Theodor of Palatinate-Bavaria (1724 – 1799) | © BSB/ Image Archive

21 November 2019 – 30 April 2020
Cabinet presentation from the series "Musical treasures"
With the accession to power of Elector Karl Theodor in 1778, a new epoch started also for music in Munich. The musicians of the famous Mannheim court orchestra accompanied the Elector and set new standards in the music scene in Munich. In a presentation in the hallway of the Department of Music, facsimiles of music manuscripts of the Mannheim composers are shown. In addition, there are libretti on operas, melodramas and ballets by the court musicians, first editions of printed sheet music, contemporary portraits and documentary material.

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Examples for "Tables of contents and more" in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue | © BSB

Around 1.2 million tables of contents, registers, blurbs, abstracts and more permit checking the content of scholarly book publications during your research in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue already before ordering, and thus permit ordering the desired titles in a more targeted manner.

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Coloured representations of 193 male members of the Bavarian dynasty from Bavarus to Albrecht 1546, with historical rhymes (paper manuscript) | © BSB/ Cgm 2799

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has just made its 2.5 millionth digital copy available online. Around 70 percent of its copyright-free holdings have thus been made freely accessible on the Internet. Scholars, researchers and the broad public are thus provided with fast and easy access to important treasures of culture and knowledge.

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Menu of Donisl | © Bavarian Economic Archive/ bavarikon

From a handwritten slip of paper of a Munich "Boazn" – a simple pub – to the elaborately printed "official menu" of a bourgeois traditional restaurant: As of now, bavarikon offers menus of Munich catering businesses from the time between 1888 and 1983. They form part of the archive materials of the large Munich breweries Löwenbräu and Paulanerbräu, which are kept at the Bavarian Economic Archive.

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Arbor consanguinitatis, Paris, 13th century. From: Henricus de Segusia, Summa aurea | © BSB/ Clm 28160, sheet 320r

The newly available volume of scholarly catalogues of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek comprises not only the French illuminated manuscripts from the 10th to the end of the 14th century, but Ulrike Bauer-Eberhardt also describes all English and Spanish manuscripts with adornments.

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Bibliotheksmagazin 3/19

The "Bibliotheksmagazin" is published three times per year to report about the collections, activities and services of the state libraries in Berlin and Munich. Issue 3/ 19 has just been published.

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MÜNCHEN. SCHAU her! (MUNICH. Now LOOK at that!) Calendar 2020 | © BSB/ Image Archive

On the occasion of next year’s exhibition "MUNICH. Now LOOK at that! – The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" (06/03 – 21/06/2020) we offer, for the first time, an opulent wall calendar at the special price of EUR 9.00, which is available at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and by purchase order. The calendar features partly unpublished rare photographs from our photographic archives.

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© German Culture Forum for Central and Eastern Europe

1 October – 30 December 2019
Cabinet presentation
The cabinet presentation in German and Czech is composed of ten richly illustrated banners on topics like "Protestant movements in the 16th century", "Hus und Luther" or "Religious diversity in Moravia". The exhibition project of the German Culture Forum for Central and Eastern Europe has been set up in cooperation with the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren.

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LMUcard | © Central University Administration of the LMU Munich

Most students of the LMU have already obtained their personal LMUcard. The LMUcard replaces the white library reader pass valid so far, since the library function – also for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek – has been integrated in the LMUcard. Please note that the white reader passes starting with the numbers 31 to 39 will become invalid as of 30 September 2019.

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musiconn, logo

The Department of Music of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has developed a new service for the expert community of musicology together with the Saxon State and University Library Dresden: musiconn – the new portal of the Specialised Information Service for Musicology, has been launched online now, in a beta version for the time being.

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