Reading rooms

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.

The reading rooms at a glance

General Reading Room1st floor636 work places80,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)
Periodicals Reading RoomBasement floor101 work places18,000 freely accessible periodicals and newspapers
Aventinus Reading Room2nd floor71 work places23,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)
East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room3rd floor  (currently closed)56 work places50,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)
Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images1st floor28 work places10,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)
Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books1st floor70 work places46,000 volumes
(open-shelf volumes)

Internet workstations

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)

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. 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.