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

In the course of the Bavaria-wide loosening of the measures taken due to the corona pandemic, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which had to be closed completely on 17 March, has been re-opened and taken up its services again step by step. Since 25 May, the library has now been offering the majority of its services again.

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The pub Bayerischer Donisl in the Weinstrasse. Georg Fruhstorfer, 1948 – 1949 | © BSB/ Image Archive (fruh-00011)

On 25 May 2020, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopens its successful photography exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" for the public. Visitors can then view the 270 exhibits from the historical image archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek with certain limitations – up to and including 31 July 2020 at that.

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The Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies has started a newsletter service a short while ago. historicumNEWS informs historians, for example, about literature search in historicumSEARCH or in the Deutsche Historische Bibliografie (German Historical Bibliography), FID licenses available on a supra-regional scale or developments on the platform recensio.regio. Subscribers are additionally kept posted about events and courses.

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Pravda, detail of the title page of 16 November 1912 | © East View Information Services

The provider East View offers free-of-charge access to various online resources for students and researchers up to the end of July of 2020 within the scope of the license held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. The offer runs the gamut from "Pravda" (issues up to December 2019), to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", "Novaya Gazeta", "The Current Digest of the Russian Press" and "The Current Digest of the Chinese Press", up to the e-book collection "Essential Russian Classics".

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© PantherMedia/gunnar3000 (YAYMicro)

In order to support students and teaching during the summer semester 2020, the Specialised Information Service for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies provides tutorials on information literacy at short notice, which are intended, among other things, as online study materials for independent use by students.

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Minister of the Arts Bernd Sibler (right) with Dr. Johannes Gramlich (centre) and Dr. Stephan Kellner (left) at the presentation of the report on provenance research in Bavaria in 2019 | © Bianca Preis/ StMWK

The Research Association for Provenance Research has presented its activity report for 2019, documenting the research work of the 22 participating institutions, among them also the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. In the course of last year, a total of 362 objects could be restituted, 36 research projects could be processed and over 120 notifications of finds could be published.

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More than 2,300 German-language textbooks and study literature of the platform utb-studi-e-book can be used electronically via the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek as of now. Access is provided for registered users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, also in the form of remote access from home.

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© BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

In the light of the current situation, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is directing its focus more strongly at its digital contents and optimizes its services for users. These services range from a simplified registration process to virtual exhibitions. The library building of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek currently remains closed for visitors. In order to support its users, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers numerous digital contents and search possibilities on its web pages. In addition, its services and procedures are being optimized for users.

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© BSB/ H.-R.Schulz

Even in a time of lockdown and social distancing, bavarikon continues offering the opportunity to experience art and culture without limitation! What is more – we are working on expanding our services continuously and are particularly pleased that we can now make available around 40,000 new content items for you in the extended collection "Books on Bavaria". This means that we have now exceeded the threshold of 300,000 digital copies!

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Gudok Digital Archive | © East View Information Services

Published continuously since 1917, "Gudok" is one of the oldest and high-ranking specialist journals in Russia. While it started out with small print runs as a journal dedicated predominantly to topics revolving around the railway industry, the journal evolved in the course of time to become a journal of nation-wide coverage due to its increasing popularity.

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SAGE Knowledge | © SAGE Publications

The platform SAGE Knowledge offers access to English-language e-books, encyclopaedias and reference books of the publishing house SAGE in full-text form, in particular from the fields of humanities and social sciences, including numerous internationally commended titles.

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Exhibition poster | © BSB

6 March – 21 June 2020
250 historical images from the mid-19th century up to the 1970s invite visitors to go on an exciting journey through time in Munich and its surroundings. The extraordinary photographs are from well-known Munich photographers, such as Franz Hanfstaengl, Georg Fruhstorfer, Felicitas Timpe or Heinrich Hoffmann. The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which manages the photographic legacies and image archives, offers a representative insight into the institution’s outstanding photograph collections.

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© Literature Portal Bavaria

DigiLABS, the "Digitaler Literaturatlas von Bayerisch-Schwaben" has been launched online today. Being the only one of its kind within Germany, the digitization project provides a cartography of the literature landscape of the Bavarian part of Swabia. The places of activity of authors from the Bavarian-Swabian region, as well as historical sites of literature can be found marked on a digital map.

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Sammlung Tusculum | © De Gruyter

Tusculum, near Rome, was the city where Cicero had his country house, which served as his retreat. Tusculum was considered the epitome of leisure and of valuable escapes from a demanding everyday life – and gave its name to the famous book series. The "Sammlung Tusculum" (collection Tusculum) is the most extensive book series on Greek and Latin literature in the German language area.

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© BSB/ H.-R. Schulz

The website of the Consulting Center for Public Libraries has been submitted to a complex relaunch. The website has been rendered more professional and easy to use by the responsible working group web relaunch in cooperation with the editorial team of the consulting center in charge of the specialised columns and staff members of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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Tournament book of William IV of Bavaria (1493 – 1550) | © BSB/ bavarikon

bavarikon newly features around 190 lithographies. These are prints produced in the lithographic printing technique – a method developed in Munich, which revolutionised the reproduction of image materials.

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© Gallica-BnF/ retronews.fr

The Specialised Information Service for Historical Studies offers access to retronews.fr up to 22 February 2020 within the scope of a short-term test. The platform contains around 15 million articles from 600 digitized French newspapers published in the period between 1631 and 1950.

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Seal of quality "Certified Licensor" of the BVPA | © Bundesverband Professioneller Bildanbieter

The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek received the seal of quality "Certified Licensor" of the Federal Association of Professional Image Providers (Bundesverband Professioneller Bildanbieter; BVPA) at the beginning of the year. This means that the Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, with its collection now grown to 17 million images, has become a member of the circle of big picture agencies, such as mauritius images or bpk.

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Christ at the Mount of Olives. Detail of the only preserved etching plate of Albrecht Dürer, including a print, 1515 (copper plate 25 and I C 1) | © State Library Bamberg/ Gerald Raab

Masterpieces of calligraphy, printing plates of copper, iron and zinc, detailed pencil drawings of landmark buildings in and around Bamberg and a fund of handwritten and drawn sources on the history of Bamberg – the new digital collections of the Bamberg State Library are equally diverse and unique.

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Richard Strauss. Short score of the late work "Metamorphosen" | © BSB/ Mus.ms. 20864

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been making the music manuscripts from the personal papers of the most prominent composers available online for several years, among them autographs of Gustav Mahler, Josef Rheinberger, Max Reger, Heinrich Kaminski, Hugo Distler and Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari. At the beginning of the year 2020, the works of two of the most important German composers of the first half of the 20th century lost copyright protection: Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949) and Hans Pfitzner (1869 – 1949).

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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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