Library open with limitations – Our current services for you
Despite the limitations due to the SARS-CoV-2/ corona virus, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers numerous services, many of which can also be used independently of location, in order to obtain the required information. Some of these services will be offered only temporarily and in a manner adapted to our personnel capacities.
With respect to the services on site, please observe the applicable limitations and access conditions.
Wearing a face mask is obligatory throughout the library. Face masks may be taken off exclusively directly at the working places in the reading rooms.
The number of available working places in the reading rooms has been reduced. Prior registration is required for all reading rooms.
Access to the book collection/ book return/ registration area is limited. A maximum of 20 persons may be present in this area at the same time.
The PC workstations are not available for hygiene reasons.
Please observe the mandatory safety distance of at least 1.5 metres and follow the generally known rules of hygiene throughout the library.
User registration on site is reopened with limited access.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers a simplified registration process for the time being to provide you with the possibility, also without having to come to the library in person, to obtain a user ID enabling you to use digital services and e-media services which are not freely accessible. We have compiled all details of the procedure and the required documents in the following.
Until further notice, up to 6 items per user can be ordered at the same time for home loan from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek using your user account. There are two options for the provision of these items:
Do you wish to collect the items in person?
They will usually be available for collection after 2 to 3 working days at the local lending area (Ortsleihe) during the current opening hours. Home loan with collection/ return of items on site is opened again with limited access.
Do you wish to have the ordered items sent to you within Germany?
For this purpose, it is essential that you additionally fill in the order for the book delivery service at a fee and send it to us after placing your book order. Please note that you can use this service only on condition that you already have a reader pass or a twelve-digit user number of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
Until further notice, also a purely electronic "simplified registration process" has been put in place for this purpose.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers various document delivery services (at a fee), which continue to be available to you.
Via subito, you can order copies from a journal or a book – from around 54,000 journals and 10 million books held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek alone – and have them delivered to the address stated on your request. In case you do not have any exact bibliographical references or do not know the exact page numbers, we can send you the table of contents of the required volume by e-mail free of charge as an additional service for the time of the closure.
Within the framework of the document delivery service "Altes Buch", individual copies or scans or complete digital copies can be made of copyright-free works at a charge. "eBooks on Demand" is a document delivery service at a charge, allowing our users to order complete electronic copies of copyright-free books from the period between 1501 to around 1900.
Since 20 April, it has been possible again to use the interlibrary loan system for ordering articles from journals and books in the form of copies. Due to a special agreement concluded with the collecting society of authors (VG Wort), copies may be delivered by e-mail as an exception up to and including 31 May 2020.
The number of available working places has been reduced due to the currently mandatory hygiene and distancing rules. Therefore, prior registration is required for every visit to the reading rooms.
General Reading Room and Periodicals Reading Room
The General Reading Room and the Periodicals Reading Room are opened from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 19:00. Access is currently only possible with registration.
Research reading rooms
The research reading rooms (Aventinus Reading Room, Reading Room Music/ Maps/ Images, Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books, East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room) are opened from Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 in each case. Access is currently only possible with registration. Access is granted to all scholars for their respective field of specialisation, in particular for working with literature and media which can be ordered only for provision in the respective research reading room and/or can be used exclusively there.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek provides access to a large number of electronic journals, e-books and specialised databases, for which the library holds licenses from academic publishing houses. These services are available to registered users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek predominantly independently of location, also from outside the library’s premises, by logging in with your user ID. Concerning a part of the media, access is geographically limited to the Munich metropolitan area for licensing reasons.
Several publishing houses also support the libraries in the current situation by various special campaigns, such as temporary provision of open access or increasing the number of permitted simultaneous logins.
The webinar "Neu hier? Kein Problem! Die Bayerische Staatsbibliothek für Einsteiger" ("Are you new? No problem! – The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek for beginners") (in German) will take place every Tuesday at 15:30 and further webinars with different topics are offered.
All further information is available here: