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 Corona pandemic, 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.

Preliminary simplified registration

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

Reading rooms

It is not possible to reserve working places in the reading rooms for the time being. As soon as a re-opening of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek becomes foreseeable, we will inform you in good time and re-activate the booking calendars.

Registration for a reading room access authorisation  (currently not possible)

Book delivery instead of collection on site

Media ordered for home loan cannot be collected on site for the time being. 
Media already ordered will be available for collection for an appropriate period of time also after the re-opening of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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 to your address and send it to us after placing your book order. During the time of closure of the library due to the Corona pandemic, shipment is temporarily free of charge! Please note, however, that return consignments of the borrowed books have to be sent with sufficient postage paid. The postage for the return consignments must be paid by the users. Freight forward consignments are not admissible. We kindly ask for your understanding.

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 book delivery to your address | 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 via interlibrary loan. These cannot be collected on site at the moment. However, you can have the media sent to you by using our book delivery service at a fee. Please note that media for circulation in the reading rooms only cannot be used presently and cannot be sent to you either.
Since libraries currently do not all participate in the interlibrary loan system, a higher number of cancellations may possibly occur.

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 (not on 16 February and 6 April 2021) 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 further notice.
All events in the library such as lectures, readings or concerts are cancelled until further notice.