Reading rooms/ Working places

Current note: Registration required

The number of available working places has been reduced due to the currently mandatory hygiene and distancing rules.
Therefore, prior registration is required for every visit to the reading rooms. The Plaza and all other public areas of the library remain closed.

The reading rooms at a glance

Opening hours of the reading rooms

Opening hours of the reading rooms at a glance

The most important data on the reading rooms

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds a collection of more than ten million books. The great majority of the books are stored in the stacks of the main building in the Ludwigstrasse and the modern book repository in Garching.

Approximately 240,000 volumes and the unbound issues of 18,000 current periodicals are directly accessible for the library users in a total of six reading rooms. Other items have to be ordered via the OPACplus first.


General Reading Room1st floor573 working places
(currently reduced)
80,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)
Periodicals Reading RoomBasement floor101 working places
(currently reduced)
12,500 freely accessible periodicals and newspapers
Aventinus Reading Room2nd floor71 working places
(currently reduced)
23,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)
East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room3rd floor47 working places
(currently reduced)
50,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)
Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images1st floor28 working places
(currently reduced)
10,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)
Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books1st floor71 working places
(currently reduced)
49,800 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)


Loan of media to the reading rooms

Literature which cannot be found in the open-access collection of a reading room can be looked up in the library's catalogue (OPACplus). Frequently such literature can be ordered for home loan – depending on the age, state of conservation and value of a book –, and always for consultation in one of the reading rooms. Ordered materials can usually be collected after two working days.

An order for the General Reading Room or for the Aventinus Reading Room will be booked directly, i.e. the book is already registered in your name as a loan. It is at your disposal until the end of the loan period in the self-collection area of the General Reading Room and accordingly of the Aventinus Reading Room. Please note that works which have not been collected for use – in the other reading rooms – within 10 days counting from the order date can be returned to the stacks.


In the reading rooms and at the workplaces several different types of WLAN (WiFi) access are available to choose from.

For registered users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek with valid reader pass:
WLAN of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB-1)

For students and staff members of the Munich universities and colleges and scholars on a business trip with an eduroam account:
WLAN of the Münchner Wissenschaftsnetz (lrz, eduroam)

In almost all user areas of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Bavarian WLAN is accessible for everybody – free of charge, open and unrestricted.
BayernWLAN (@BayernWLAN)