Our current services – Information on using the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek during the Corona pandemic
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.
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.
The number of available working places has been reduced due to the mandatory hygiene and distancing rules. Therefore, prior date reservation is required for every visit to the reading rooms.
When visiting the reading rooms the reader pass needs to be presented in the entrance hall of the library and at the admission control points of the reading rooms. It is checked on the basis of the reader pass whether visitors have a valid reading-room reservation. Copies of the reader pass (in digital or paper form) are not accepted.
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.
Do you wish to have the ordered items sent to you within Germany?
After placing your book order it is essential for this purpose to additionally fill in completely, personally sign and send us the order form for book delivery to your address. 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.
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. For delivery, the free-of-charge book delivery to your address should be used primarily. If needed, on-site collection is possible within the click & collect service hours. 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.
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.
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 6 April 2021) and further webinars with different topics are offered.
All further information is available here:
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.