Our current services – Information on using the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek during the Corona pandemic

In case you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via our online inquiry service, by e-mail or telephone.

Online inquiry service
Telephone  +49 89 28638-2322  (10:00 – 17:00)

Despite the limitations due to the SARS-CoV-2/coronavirus, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers extensive 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. As far as the development of infection allows, we want to continue expanding our services continuously.

  • 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 registration/book collection/book return/information area is limited. A maximum of 30 persons may be present in this area at the same time.
  • PC workstations on site 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.

Rules of the House – Addendum during the Corona pandemic | FAQ

Preliminary simplified registration

User registration on site is reopened with limited access (Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, a maximum of 30 persons may be present in the registration, book collection, book return, information area at the same time).

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek continues to offer a preliminary simplified registration 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.

Information on the preliminary simplified registration | on user registration on site

Reading rooms

The number of available working places has been reduced due to the  mandatory hygiene and distancing rules. Therefore, prior registration is required for every visit to the reading rooms.

Access to the research reading rooms – the Aventinus Reading Room, the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books, the Reading Room Music/Maps/Images and the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room – is granted to all scholars and researchers 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.

Opening hours of the reading rooms
Registration for a reading room access authorisation

Lounge area for taking a break for users with reading-room reservation

The Plaza is reopened as a lounge area for reading and taking a break.
Opening hours of the Plaza

Please observe the regulations for visiting the Plaza put in force due to the Corona pandemic:

  • Access is granted exclusively to such users who have a valid reservation for the General Reading Room, the Periodicals Reading Room or any one of the research reading rooms – for the day in question.
  • A maximum of 35 persons may be present in the area of the Plaza at the same time.
    The counting of persons present takes place automatically.
    Please make sure to observe the traffic-light display on the info screen at the entrance to the Plaza. When the maximum number of visitors has been reached and the traffic lights are red, no further persons may enter the area of the Plaza until the display changes.
  • Like in the overall library, face masks must be worn in the area of the Plaza.
    Face masks may be taken off only once you have taken a seat.
  • In order to comply with the mandatory safety distance of at least 1.5 m, only the seats cleared accordingly may be used. It is prohibited to gather in groups or to rearrange and shift the furniture.
  • It is allowed to consume food and beverages brought along by you.

Book delivery or collection on site, home loan

There are two options for the provision of the items ordered for home loan:

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 (Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 19:00, a maximum of 30 persons may be present in the registration, book collection, book return, information area at the same time).

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 "preliminary simplified registration" has been put in place for this purpose.

Information on home loan | Book delivery service at a fee | Preliminary simplified registration

Copying services and document delivery services

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers various document delivery services (at a fee), which are 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 currently send you the table of contents of the required volume by e-mail free of charge as an additional service.

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.

Books and copies can be ordered again via the interlibrary loan system as usual. However, since not all libraries have started participating in the interlibrary loan system again to the full extent, it can occur more frequently that requests cannot be fulfilled. Regarding the type of provision, you can choose either home loan or consultation in one of the reading rooms.

Overview of document delivery services

E-media and digital collections – available anytime and anywhere

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.

Overview of e-media services and access options


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:

Guided tours, courses and events

All on-site guided tours and courses are cancelled until the end of the year.
All events in the library such as lectures, readings or concerts are cancelled until the end of the year.