E-media and digital collections – available anytime and anywhere
In addition to the freely accessible digital holdings, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek also makes available an extensive offer of licensed electronic media. The latter can also be used from your own, external place of work for the most part.
Please note that remote access is possible in most cases only on condition that you have already registered as a user of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
The licensed e-books can be found most readily in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue.
When requesting access from the outside, your access code will be queried first. Your authorisation is your BSB user ID, with respect to part of our services also your user ID for national licenses or your FID user ID.
An overview of the e-book collections can also be found in the Database Information System (DBIS).
E-Book-Sammlungen (E-book collections)
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has large e-book collections on offer predominantly from the following publishing houses.
You can access these directly from your home by entering your BSB user ID.
Some publishing houses currently offer free-of-charge or simplified access to further e-book collections in addition.
→ Access to all Bloomsbury e-book collections until the end of May 2020
Cambridge Core/ Textbooks
→ Free access to over 700 textbooks from Cambridge University Press until 31 May 2020
→ Access to the complete portfolio of Cambridge Histories for registered BSB users until 31 May 2020
De Gruyter Online/ E-Books
→ Free online access to over 75,000 titles until the end of June 2020 (until publication year 2016)
→ Extension to unlimited access to many e-books until 30 June 2020 (simultaneous access for any number of users)
→ 90-day free access to 256 textbooks
Essential Russian Classics
→ Access enabled by the provider East View until 31 July 2020 for registered BSB users
→ Access to over 36,000 e-books until the end of 2020 (for all JSTOR subscribers such as the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek)
The MIT Press Direct
→ Free trial of 2,770 e-books from MIT Press until 30 June 2020 for registered BSB users
→ Free access to e-books from several publishing houses until 31 May 2020 respectively 30 June 2020
ProQuest E-Book Central
→ Extension to unlimited access to many e-books until 15 June 2020 (simultaneous access for any number of users)
Taylor & Francis eBooks
→ Access to all Taylor & Francis e-books until 30 June 2020 for registered BSB users
Electronic journals for which the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds licenses (and also freely accessible ones) can be searched using the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue or the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).
For remote access, your BSB user ID is required. Please note that access to individual journals may be limited to users having their place of residence in Munich or within the Munich metropolitan area (range of the S-Bahn railway network).
→ Initially freely accessible until 30 April 2020
Association for Computing Machinery Digital Library
→ Freely accessible until 30 June 2020
→ Freely accessible until 30 June 2020
The Current Digest of the Chinese Press
→ Access (volumes 2011 – 2020) enabled by the provider East View until 31 July 2020 for registered BSB users
The Current Digest of the Russian Press
→ Access (volumes 1949 – 2020) enabled by the provider East View until 31 July 2020 for registered BSB users
Duke University Press
→ Free access until the end of June 2020 for selected titles (1994 – 2004), content on East Asian studies, technology, society
energie.de – Das Portal der Energiewirtschaft
→ E-magazines initially activated until the end of June 2020
→ Access to all e-journals from JSTOR until the end of 2020 (for all JSTOR subscribers such as the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek)
→ Access (volumes 1997 – 2020) enabled by the provider East View until 31 July 2020 for registered BSB users
→ Access (volumes 1912 – 2019) enabled by the provider East View until 31 July 2020 for registered BSB users
→ Free access to e-journals from individual publishing houses until 31 May 2020 respectively 30 June 2020
→ Access (volumes 1990 – 2018) enabled by the provider East View until 31 July 2020 for registered BSB users
The Royal Society Journals
→ Free access to all journals until further notice
University of California Press Journals
→ Free access to all UC Press Journals until June 2020
British Medical Journal – Coronavirus (covid-19): Latest news and resources
Cambridge Core – Coronavirus Free Access Collection
→ Free access to COVID-19 relevant book chapters and journal articles
Duke University Press – Navigating the Threat of Pandemic Syllabus
Elsevier Connect – Novel Coronavirus Information Center
JSTOR – Free access to selected COVID-19-related articles
→ More than 6,000 COVID-19 related articles and 26 journals on public health freely accessible
→ "Free read-online access" for 100 instead of 6 articles per month
Karger – Topic Article Package: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
→ Free access to COVID-19 relevant articles from the publisher's portfolio until the end of 2020
→ Free access to all publications related to the coronavirus crisis until further notice
Oxford Academic Journals – Access to OUP resources on COVID-19, other coronaviruses, and related topics
→ Free access to "COVID-19 resources" (articles from books and journals about COVID-19)
Taylor & Francis Online – COVID-19: Novel Coronavirus Content
→ Taylor & Francis provides articles and book chapters on Corona/ COVID-19 free of charge
→ Playlist compiled: Coronavirus – what you should know now!
Wiley Online Library – Covid-19: Novel Coronavirus Content Free to Access
→ COVID-19 research resources: Wiley has made freely available more than 5,000 articles on COVID-19
Wolters Kluwer – COVID-19 Resources & Tools (Coronavirus Resources)
→ Free access to all journal articles related to COVID-19
The overall list of available databases can be found in the Database Information System (DBIS). In the DBIS, you can first determine the most relevant databases for your topic or your search by using the overview arranged in accordance with areas of specialisation, the alphabetical list or the search function. In many cases, direct access to full texts of articles, e-books and documents is also possible. In DBIS you will also find electronic newspapers.
To access databases that are not freely available, you usually need your BSB user ID.
Datenbank-Infosystem (Database Information System)
Literature databases are the most expedient tool for searching for articles. Via the Database Information System (DBIS), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers access to a multiplicity of databases on all fields of specialisation.
The contents of numerous (not all!) databases, e-journals and e-book portals are also contained in an extensive overall index and can be queried jointly in the OPACplus. The hits are shown in the second tab "Aufsätze & mehr" in the OPACplus.
Datenbank-Infosystem (Database Information System)
OPACplus/ Aufsätze & mehr (Articles & more)
Search by topic with Yewno
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The Specialised Information Services for Scholarship and Science (Fachinformationsdienste, FID) offer location-independent access to numerous specialist electronic resources to registered individual users or in the form of FID national licenses.
Overview of all FID licenses
The Specialised Information Services operated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (partly in cooperation with partner institutions) likewise offer electronic resources:
FID for Classical Studies
FID for Historical Studies
FID for Musicology
FID for Russian, East and Southeast European Studies
An access code is required for externally accessing the e-media for which the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds licenses.
The majority of the services can be accessed by means of your BSB user ID.
The BSB user ID is composed of your user number and password. You have received both upon registering.
Simplified registration process
Part of the licensed e-media can also be accessed (Germany-wide) by means of a user ID for national licenses. The goal pursued here is to provide scholars, students and academically interested private persons with access to databases, digital text collections, electronic journals and e-books.
Registration is generally possible online as well, currently subject to the libraries in charge of processing your request being contactable.
Part of the licensed e-media – from the fields of specialisation of classical studies, historical studies and musicology – can be accessed (Germany-wide) by means of a user ID for the Specialised Information Services. With the support of the DFG programme of Specialised Information Services for Scholarship and Science (Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft; FID), 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 academic research.
Persons entitled to use this service can obtain a user ID by registering online.
With currently 2.5 million digitized works from the historical (copyright-free) holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek – books, manuscripts, newspapers, journals, maps, etc. – the largest digital data stock maintained by any German library is available to you online at any time.
This service is also available to non-registered users.