Getting one's bearings

Who can be admitted to use the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek?

  • All persons of legal age with a registered place of residence in Germany can fundamentally be admitted to use the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
  • Persons of legal age without fixed abode in Germany (e.g. scholars spending a research period) can be admitted as users with limited rights of use, i.e. for media loan to a reading room. In addition, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek supports research periods in many ways. Please register with us at an early stage.
  • Underage persons can be admitted as students starting at the age of 16.


What does it cost to use the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek?

The use of the library is free of charge in principle. Fees are charged only for using the interlibrary loan system, reminders and loss of media, as well as requested special services (photographic prints, copies, etc.).

What services does the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek provide? How can I use the library?

The majority of the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is kept in closed stacks, many of which are located outside of Munich.

Accordingly, only the open-shelf collections in the reading rooms can be used directly. All other media need to be ordered in the online catalogue first. Ordered media are available after 2 to 3 working days on average.

Video as orientation guide (in German)