The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds a collection of 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 catalogue (OPACplus) first.
18,000 journals, newspapers
|General Reading Room||1st floor||636 work places||80,000 volumes|
|Periodicals Reading Room||Basement floor||101 work places||18,000 freely accessible periodicals and newspapers|
|Aventinus Reading Room||2nd floor||71 work places||23,000 volumes|
|East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room||3rd floor (currently closed)||56 work places||50,000 volumes|
|Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images||1st floor||28 work places||10,000 volumes|
|Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books||1st floor||70 work places||46,000 volumes|
For academic purposes free-of-charge Internet access is provided for registered users in all reading rooms. Numerous PCs can be used to browse the library's extensive offer of catalogues, databases, subject portals, electronic journals and e-books.
In the reading rooms 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)
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. Please note that works which have not been collected for use within 10 days counting from the order date can be returned to the stacks.