Opening hours of the registration office
|Monday – Friday||10:00 – 19:00|
|Monday – Friday||10:00 – 17:00|
Contact registration office
|On the premises||Local Lending Area/ Registration (Ortsleihe/ Anmeldung, ground floor)|
|Phone||+49 89 28638-2412|
|Fax||+49 89 28638-2612|
A reader pass and access identification are required for:
- Ordering and collecting books and other media for home lending or consultation in one of the reading rooms
- WLAN and Internet access at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
- External access to electronic books, journals and databases
(only for individuals with place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany; for licensing reasons, some media are accessible exclusively for users living in Munich or in the Munich metropolitan area)
- Valid personal ID with registered current place of residence in Germany (in the case of foreign personal IDs possibly with a current confirmation of place of residence of your community's registry office) or
- Valid passport, together with confirmation of place of residence by your municipality
- Students need to submit also their current student identity card.
- Non-EU residents need to submit their residence title and/ or visa in addition.
The reader pass is free of charge.
Conditions for registration
- Minimum age 18 years (exceptions are possible for students of secondary schools)
- Place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany
- Use of the library for academic purposes, professional work or further education
Registration on site is mandatory
Reader passes can be obtained exclusively in person at the registration office on the ground floor of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. After successful registration the reader pass can be used immediately also at the University Library of the Ludwig Maximilians University.
A twelve-digit number, the user number, is printed on your reader pass.
In addition, you receive a password.
Upon registration, your date of birth is initially entered as password:
- In the case of new registrations as of 1 March 2004, the default password consists of 6 digits:
Day, month, year (the last two digits) of birth
Example: Your birthday is on 24/01/1975 Password: 240175
- In case you obtained your reader pass before 1 March 2004, the default password consists of 4 digits:
Day and month of birth
Example: Your birthday is on 15/01/1967 Password: 1501
If you register as an institutional user (legal entities, etc.), you will be informed about the default password upon registration.
You can change the default password yourself in the OPACplus. For this purpose, you need to log in first with your user number and the default password. The password can be changed by clicking on "Meine Daten" (my data), "Benutzerdaten" (user data) and then "Passwort ändern" (change password). The new password may have 4 to 12 digits. Special characters are admissible. Please note that the password will be case-sensitive.
The password that you have chosen yourself is not known to the staff of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. In case you have forgotten your password, it can be reset to the default password in the form of your date of birth (DDMMYY) at your request. There are two options to have your password reset:
- You can come to the registration office in person, bringing your reader pass and a valid official photo identification with you. (For legal entities, also an official letter is required, bearing the signature of a correspondingly authorized person.)
- You can phone the Ortsleihe (local lending service; phone: +49 89 28638-2412, Monday – Friday 9:00 – 17:00). Please have your user number at hand when calling us. Please note that this service by telephone can be used exclusively by the owner of the reader pass in person. The telephone service is not available for legal entities.
This approach serves to protect your personal data and to prevent any misuse of your user number. Please note that you are responsible for treating your password with the required confidentiality.
Please inform the registration office of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek about the loss of your reader pass immediately. As a first measure, we can lock your reader pass to prevent misuse. A replacement reader pass can be obtained (at a charge) exclusively in person at the library.
Upon registration, the following personal data are stored within the framework of computer-aided loan administration:
- First name
- Date of birth
- Address data
- Telephone numbers
- E-mail address
- In case of students also the university/ college
Since the machine-readable reader pass can also be used at the University Library of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, these data are transmitted there.
How to change data
You can update the following data yourself in your user account in the OPACplus (by selecting the menu items "Meine Daten" (my data) and "Benutzerdaten" (user data)).
Direct access to the user account
- Address data (1st address)
- Telephone numbers
- E-mail address
For all other changes, please visit the registration office on the library's ground floor in person, bringing the required documents with you.
A preliminary registration can be carried out by filling in an online form in the OPACplus. You are given a preliminary user number that is valid for 3 days. With this user number it is possible to place up to 5 orders immediately. Before collecting the ordered media, you need to obtain your final reader pass from the registration office. Besides the documents mentioned above (required for the standard registration), also your preliminary user number is essential for this purpose.
Please note that online registration is not possible for:
- Students and employees of the Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich
- Legal entities
- Foreigners without registered place of residence in Germany
- Immediate external use of electronic media (for licensing reasons)
Preliminary online registration in the OPACplus
(please select "Anmelden" (register now) and "Sie besitzen noch keinen Benutzerausweis der BSB?" (You don't have a BSB reader pass yet?))
Students and employees of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich receive their library reader pass in connection with the LMUcard. Reader passes issued by the University Library which have been valid so far are planned to be exchanged accordingly up to the end of September 2019.
For further information please consult the website of the University Library of the LMU.
General information on the LMUcard
Validating the LMUcard automatically also activates the library function of the card, which can then also be used immediately at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. It is advisable to change the default password immediately for security reasons. Please note that in the case of orders placed recently, it can occur that books are provided still under the user number valid so far.
The University Library continues issuing reader passes for institutes and faculties of the Ludwig Maximilians University Munich.
Secondary-school students of at least 18 years can obtain a reader pass under standard registration conditions:
- Valid personal identification card (alternatively passport plus confirmation of place of residence by your municipality)
- In case of non-EU citizens, additionally the residence title or the visa
By submitting a valid student ID or valid confirmation by the school, they can obtain a reader pass with additional conditions for students.
Students from 16 to 18 years need to submit the following documents in addition:
- Valid student identification card or other valid confirmation by your school
- A letter of commitment signed by your parents
Form "Antrag auf Zulassung minderjähriger Schüler ..." (request for the admission of under-age students) (PDF, 100 KB)
Please fill in this form and bring it with you for registration.
- Identification card or copy of the identification card of the parent or legal guardian who signed the letter of commitment
It is not admissible for under-age students to register provisionally online.
In order to avoid long waiting queues at the registration office, reader passes for groups of students (classes, W seminars, etc.) are issued exclusively within the framework of introductory courses booked in advance.
- Munich City Library Am Gasteig
Students can usually obtain literature required for presentations or term papers also at the Munich City Library Am Gasteig and acquire the necessary research skills and information evaluation techniques there. The City Library offers special information events for this purpose.
- Nearest library in case of place of residence outside the Munich metropolitan area
In case you live outside of the Munich metropolitan area (range of the "S-Bahn" commuter railway network), you can also contact the public or academic library that is closest to your place of residence. Depending on your place of residence and the required subject, this library can be a city library or municipal library, a state regional library, college library or university library. Students can find literature required for presentations or term papers and acquire research skills and information evaluation techniques also in these libraries.
Any books or articles which are not available at your local library can be ordered within the framework of the interlibrary loan system. A reader pass of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is not required for this purpose.
Legal entities cannot register online.
Forms are available for the registration of legal entities in accordance with their legal form of organisation. Please fill in the corresponding form and bring it with you for registration.
- Registration of legal entities under private law
(i.a. association, limited liability company, public limited company, foundation under civil law)
The registration of legal entities under private law requires the submission of a corresponding proof of authorisation (e.g. in the form of a copy certified by a notary public or an authority or an official printout of the register of associations, trade register or register of cooperatives). A foundation under civil law is required to submit a certificate on power of representation issued by the responsible foundation authority.
Form (PDF, 158 KB)
- Registration of legal entities under public law
(i.a. public corporations, public-law institutions and foundations under public law)
The registration of legal entities under public law requires the submission of a corresponding proof of authorisation (e.g. in the form of a power of attorney certified by a notary public or an authority). A foundation under public law is required to submit a certificate on power of representation issued by the responsible foundation authority.
Form (PDF, 162 KB)
- Registration of (restricted) legal capacity business partnerships or companies under foreign law
(i.a. general partnership (OHG), limited partnership (KG), consolidated company or limited, business corporation, société)
The registration of (restricted) legal capacity business partnerships requires the submission of a corresponding proof of authorisation (e.g. in the form of the articles of partnership or a copy certified by a notary public or an authority or an official printout of the trade register or register of partnerships).
Form (PDF, 157 KB)
In case you do not have a place of residence in Germany, the desired media can be ordered exclusively for consultation in the reading rooms. External access to electronic media (for which the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds licenses) is impossible in this case for licensing reasons.
For registration, a valid personal identification card or passport is required.
In case you wish to use the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek – exclusively in the reading rooms – within the framework of a work or study visit, please take into account that in most cases books and journals cannot be consulted straight away. The desired media must be ordered a few days in advance via the OPACplus.
In case you do not have a reader pass yet, please inform us of your visit in writing one week before your arrival date at the latest. Please note the conditions for registration in writing: Minimum age 18 years and registered residence outside Munich and outside the Munich metropolitan area (range of the "S-Bahn" commuter railway network).
When starting your research period you need to submit a valid personal identification card or passport.
|Monday – Friday||09:00 – 17:00|
Contact Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books
|On the premises||In the reading room (1st floor)|
|Phone||+49 89 28638-2263|
|Fax||+49 89 28638-2266|
|Online enquiry service||Online form|
Abteilung Handschriften und Alte Drucke
Extra reader pass
(for manuscripts, rare printed works, personal papers)
For all manuscripts, rare printed works (e.g. classification mark groups Inc., Rar., Res., or L.sel.) and personal papers, a separate reader pass is required that is valid for the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books.
This reader pass can be obtained at the information counter in the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books by
- submitting an official personal identification document and
- stating the purpose of your research.
The reader pass is valid for one year initially, but the term can be extended.
Reader pass of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
(for early printed books and the reference library)
For early printed books (the other works of the publication years 1501 up to 1700) the reader pass of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is sufficient.
The collections administrated by the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books can be used exclusively in the department's reading room. Please show your reader pass before entering the reference library and the reading room and enter your name in the user journal.
In case you come to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek from out of town (within the framework of a brief visit or study visit) or wish to consult material that is not searchable in our catalogues, it is recommendable to inform us of your visit in writing one week in advance.
The Articles 24 – 25 of the Allgemeine Benützungsordnung der Bayerischen Staatlichen Bibliotheken (ABOB) (General Regulations on the Use of Bavarian Public Libraries) are applicable to the use of manuscripts and early printed works.
Around 150 databases were acquired for Germany-wide access (within the framework of so-called national licenses) with the support of the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Conditions of use
Online registration via the national licenses portal
Provided that you have a permanent place of residence in the Federal Republic of Germany, you can obtain access to these databases by registering. The access data are sent to you by post after successful online registration.
Online form (and information on the online registration procedure)
Database list (in the national licenses portal)
Online registration via the Database Information System
The national license databases are all additionally catalogued in the Database Information System (DBIS).
The entry for the database in each case also contains information on the registration procedure.
Database list (in the Database Information System)
In case you already hold a valid reader pass of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek comprising authorisation for external access, no additional registration is necessary.
With the support of the DFG programme "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" (FID, specialised information services for scholarship and science), digital media (databases, e-books and electronic journals) are made available on a supra-regional level for use by the community of specialists and for scholarly research. Persons entitled to use this service can obtain access codes by registering online.
The following specialised information services of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are supported by the German Research Foundation:
- FID Classical Studies – Propylaeum Services and registration
- FID Historical Studies Services and registration
- FID Musicology Services and registration (exclusively for members of the Society for Music Research)
- FID Russian, East and Southeast European Studies Services and registration