Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images
|Monday – Friday||09:00 – 17:00|
The number of available working places in the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images has been reduced due to the currently mandatory hygiene and distancing rules. Therefore, prior registration is required for every visit to the reading room.
The Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images – on the 1st floor – is a special reading room for scholarly users with an interest in these areas. The reference library of a total of 10,000 volumes extends over three levels.
The collections of the Department of Music, one of the leading music libraries also on an international scale, are made available to musicological research and music practice.
The map collection and the image archive offer printed maps from 1500 to today, atlases, geographic literature and the extensive holdings of the image archive (collection of portraits and views, photographic archives and volumes with the classification mark "BA").
Map collection | Collection of images and graphic representations
Twenty-eight work desks (currently reduced) are provided.
Our staff at the information counter in the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images will be pleased to answer any questions. You can also order items here which cannot be ordered via the OPACplus (music manuscripts, valuable sheet music and land register plans). Orders for reproductions/ digital copies (for high-quality, reproducible scans) can also be placed here.
Equipment of the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images
The Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images has the following equipment:
- 1 book scanner (currently not available)
Detailed information about services and fees, further locations, service times, technical support, etc. can be found here:
Scanners, copiers, printers
The digitisation and photographic reproductions service within the framework of the document delivery service "Altes Buch" ("older and rare printed works") of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek produces high-quality and reproducible scans. You can generate corresponding orders for reproductions with the aid of the programme ERaTo. Digitisation orders from the department's collections can also be placed in the reading room or can be placed in writing.
Document delivery service "Altes Buch" (range of services, prices, etc.)
The music section of the reading room offers a reference library with around 5,700 volumes. In particular, the reference library encompasses all types of bibliographies, catalogues and reference works, basic musicological literature and music periodicals, as well as musical monument series and complete editions.
The entire collection housed in the reading room is traceable in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue (location mark: Hbm).
Search tip: You can locate items belonging to the music collection of the reading room in targeted manner in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue by clicking on "Suche eingrenzen" (limit search), "Lesesaalbestand" (reading-room collection) and "Musik-Lesesaal" (music reading room).
The collections of the reference library of the music section may be used exclusively in the reading room.
|A||General (music libraries, bibliography, discography, encyclopaedias, person and subject encyclopaedias, collecive works on musicology, concert, opera and ballet guides, notation and manuscript studies, publishing and printing)|
|C||Catalogues of music libraries and instrument collections|
|D||Monuments (collections of practical music: anthologies, epochs, genres, countries)|
|G||Complete editions of the work of individual composers|
|J||Periodicals, yearbooks on musicology|
|N||Folk music, text-bound music|
|O||Organology and instrumental music|
|Q||Sources on music theory and practice up to classical music|
|T||Modern music theory (since classical music)|
|U||Copyright, organisation, professional issues, sociology, politics|
|V||Musical ethnical studies, dance|
|W||Jazz, rock, pop, film scores|
|Y||Individual persons (work catalogues, biographies, etc.)|
The Department of Music has a duty to protect its valuable cultural goods carefully and preserve them for future generations indefinitely. This basic principle requires differentiated regulations of use.
The following parts of the collections may be used exclusively in the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images:
- Printed sheet music with voices
- Large scores
- Facsimile editions
- Sound carriers
- Music manuscripts
- Personal papers related to music
- Special collections, such as the historical performance materials of the Bavarian state opera (St.th.)
- All historical, rare and particularly valuable holdings
- All works in a poor state of conservation
For music manuscripts and for rare historical prints usually digital copies or microfilms and other types of reproduction are provided. The originals can be made available only after consultation with our staff.
Music manuscripts, the historical performance materials of the Bavarian state opera (St.th.) and collections from personal papers can be ordered in person in the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images, using a white order slip and stating the purpose of the intended use. A part of the music manuscripts has already been entered in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue and can be searched and ordered there. The use of items from the strong room and personal papers must be requested in writing in advance.
More recent books and periodicals about music and more recent sheet music (without voices) can also be borrowed for use at home.
OPACplus/ BSB catalogue
The following collections can be searched and ordered using the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue:
Printed sheet music, books and periodicals about music, compact disks with music
It takes about 2 days until such ordered items are ready for collection.
Catalogues for music manuscripts
The card catalogue for music manuscripts is accessible exclusively in the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images:
Alphabetic catalogue of music manuscripts
A part of the music manuscripts has already been entered in the RISM-OPAC and in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue.
RISM-OPAC (international catalogue of musical sources)
Register of personal papers
A register of the personal papers held by the Department of Music can be found on the web pages.
Copies and reproductions
Please note that special legal regulations have to be complied with when copyright-protected printed sheet music is copied and reproduced.
The map collection and image archive include a reference library of around 3,800 volumes, the majority of which is freely accessible. It includes important source and reference works, manuals, atlases and bibliographies related to the subject fields of geography and cartography, as well as photography, portrait art, image archives and topics related to image rights. These works are shelved systematically according to subject areas.
The entire collection housed in the reading room is traceable in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue (location mark: Hbks).
Search tip: You can locate items belonging to this reference library in targeted manner in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue by clicking on "Suche eingrenzen" (limit search), "Lesesaalbestand" (reading-room collection) and "Karten-Lesesaal" (map reading room).
The books with the classification marks Hbks E, Hbks F, Hbks K and Hbks X and a number of valuable and large-format volumes of other groups are kept in the stacks and need to be ordered via the OPACplus.
The reference library collection of the map collection and the image archive may be used exclusively in the reading room.
|A||General auxiliary material, encyclopaedias, historical atlases|
|B||Registers of locations, geographic-topographical reference works|
|E||Topographical and historical cartographic works and illustration works of a comprehensive type|
|F||Topographical and historical illustration works concerning individual countries|
|G||Topographical and historical illustration works concerning individual locations|
|Ga||Descriptions of counties (Landkreise)|
|H||Bibliographies concerning topography, geography, regional studies|
|I||Material concerning general geography|
|K||Regional studies in general and in the order of countries; also encompasses publications of geological studies of the country and of pedological images of the country|
|L||History of geography, research expeditions|
|M||Biographical reference works concerning geographers, cartographers, engravers; in general; individual countries and landscapes; encyclopaedias of artists|
|N||Bibliographies and biographies concerning individual geographers and cartographers|
|O||History of cartography in general and in the order of countries|
|P||Bibliography of maps, library catalogues of map collections|
|Q||Methods of cartography, map production, map usage, map administration, guides to map collections|
|R||Peripheral areas of cartography: Astronomy, surveying, instrumentology, printing methods|
|V||Geographic journals and series|
|X||General works with maps and views|
|Z||Reference library image archive: Auxiliary materials for photography, portrait works, image archives, image rights; address book Munich|
The holdings of the map collection and the image archive are particularly worthy of protection and may therefore be used exclusively in the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images. This is applicable to:
- Volumes with the classification mark "BA"
- Volumes with the classification marks Hbks E, Hbks F, Hbks K and Hbks X
- Collection of portraits and views
- All photographic archives
- BSB documentation
Maps, atlases and volumes with the classification marks "Hbks" and "BA" are traceable in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue and can be ordered there.
The collections of the image archive (collection of portraits and views, all photographic archives) are traceable in the OPAC of the image archive, to the extent they have been catalogued correspondingly. The images already digitised (currently: 149,000) can be used under the conditions of the image archive. The use of these images is subject to authorisation and usually subject to a fee.
Images that you wish to view in the reading room need to be ordered using a green order slip.