Aventinus Reading Room

Opening hours of the Aventinus Reading Room

Monday – Friday09:00 – 17:00

Current note: Registration required

The number of available working places in the Aventinus Reading Room has been reduced due to the currently mandatory hygiene and distancing rules. Therefore, prior registration is required for every visit to the reading room.

Further Information on the registration for access authorisation
To the date selection for the Aventinus Reading Room

Reference library and use of the reading room

The Aventinus Reading Room – on the 2nd floor – is a special reading room for the subjects of history, works from and about Bavaria and classical studies. The open-access collection comprises 23,000 volumes. In addition to its subject orientation, the reading room also serves as collection area for ordered historical printed works from the years 1500 to 1840.

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek pursues a double goal by providing this reading room. On the one hand research and academic studies, particularly in connection with older and rare books, are to be furthered in the best possible way by providing excellent working conditions. On the other hand the sustainable protection of our valuable cultural heritage, of "older and rare printed works", is to be guaranteed.

The entire collection housed in the reading room is traceable in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue (location mark: Hbfo).

OPACplus/ BSB catalogue (Hbfo)

Search tip: You can locate items belonging to the reference library of the Aventinus Reading Room in targeted manner in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue by clicking on "Suche eingrenzen" (limit search), "Lesesaalbestand" (reading-room collection) and "Aventinus-Lesesaal" (Aventinus Reading Room).

The collections of the Aventinus Reading Room may be used exclusively in the reading room.

Seventy-one work desks (currently reduced) are provided.

Registration for the Aventinus Reading Room

At the service desk 1 in the marble hall, in front of the General Reading Room  (1st floor)
Monday – Friday09:00 – 17:00

Access authorisation

Special access authorisation is required for the Aventinus Reading Room. (Access is granted after authentication by means of an RFID card.) Access is provided for the following groups of persons:

  • Researchers and students of historical studies, history of art, classical studies and archaeology
  • All researchers in the field of other humanities and social sciences with a completed degree, at least a master's degree or comparable degree
  • All professors, independently of their field of specialisation

For registration please go to the service desk 1 of the general reading room.
Please bring your identity card, your reader pass and confirmation for your scholarly work.

It is also possible to prolong access authorisations for the Aventinus Reading Room at this service desk.

Library users who are not entitled to work in the Aventinus Reading Room, but wish to use its reference library, can obtain an access card for a day at the service desk 1 of the General Reading Room.

Technical equipment

Scanners and printers

The Aventinus Reading Room provides the following equipment:

  • 1 book scanner  (usable with access authorization only)
  • 1 printer, black and white
  • 1 copy-card machine

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

Scanners, copiers, printers