Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images

Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images | © BSB
Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images | © BSB


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Opening hours of the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images

Monday – Friday09:00 – 17:00
In August:
Monday – Friday
09:00 – 12:30

Reference library and use of 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.
Music collection

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

Fourty-six work desks are provided.

Information counter

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.

Technical equipment

  • WLAN access  (WLAN information)
  • Internet work places
  • Microfilm and microfiche readers
  • PC with DVD-ROM drive
  • Earphones (available at the reading room counter)
  • Record player
  • CD player

Scanning services

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

Detailed information about services and fees, further locations, service times, technical support, etc. can be found here:
Scanners, copiers, printers

Digitisation orders

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.)

Generate an order for reproductions online using ERaTo

Reading room section for music

Media use in the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz
Media use in the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

Contact music

Phone+49 89 28638-2351
E-mailmusik@bsb-muenchen.de
Online information serviceOnline form

Reference Library

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).

OPACplus/ BSB catalogue (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.

Shelving system of the reference library

AGeneral (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)
CCatalogues of music libraries and instrument collections
DMonuments (collections of practical music: anthologies, epochs, genres, countries)
GComplete editions of the work of individual composers
JPeriodicals, yearbooks on musicology
MMusic history
NFolk music, text-bound music
OOrganology and instrumental music
QSources on music theory and practice up to classical music
TModern music theory (since classical music)
UCopyright, organisation, professional issues, sociology, politics
VMusical ethnical studies, dance
WJazz, rock, pop, film scores
YIndividual persons (work catalogues, biographies, etc.)

Loaning items to the reading room

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
  • Microforms
  • 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.

Catalogues

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.

OPACplus/ BSB catalogue

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)

OPACplus/ BSB catalogue

Register of personal papers

A register of the personal papers held by the Department of Music can be found on the web pages.
Personal papers

Copies and reproductions

Please note that special legal regulations have to be complied with when copyright-protected printed sheet music is copied and reproduced.

Reading room section for maps and images

Map cabinets | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz
Map cabinets | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

Contact maps

Phone+49 89 28638-2346
E-mailkarten@bsb-muenchen.de
Online information serviceOnline form

Contact image archive

Phone+49 89 28638-2292
E-mailbildarchiv@bsb-muenchen.de
Online information serviceOnline form

Reference library

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).

OPACplus/ BSB catalogue (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.

Shelving system of the reference library

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

Loaning items to the reading room

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:

  • Maps
  • Atlases
  • 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.

OPACplus/ BSB catalogue

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.

Image archive

Conditions of use of the image archive

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