House rules

Rules of the House of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB)

Note

The "Rules of the House of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB)" are available in both German and English. Only the German version of the Rules of the House is legally binding.

Rules of the House of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB)
Version: 1 October 2017  (in German)
PDF version for download  (55 KB)

On the basis of Art. 6 para. 3 of the Allgemeine Benützungsordnung der Bayerischen Staatlichen Bibliotheken (General Regulations for the Use of the Bavarian State Libraries – ABOB) of 18 August 1993 (GVBl [Law and Ordinance Gazette] p. 635), I hereby issue the following Rules of the House:

1. General

1.1. The present Rules of the House are applicable to all buildings and grounds administrated by the BSB.

1.2. The Rules of the House are accepted as binding upon entering the grounds and/or the building.

1.3. The Director General exercises the householder's rights (Art. 6 para. 3 ABOB). He may entrust other employees of the library with the exercise of the householder's rights.

1.4. The instructions of the library staff must be complied with.

1.5. Non-compliance with instructions and breeches of the Rules of the House may lead to a permanent denial of access.

2. Staying in the library

2.1. Access is granted fundamentally only to the public areas of the BSB and only during the opening hours.

2.2. Non-public areas (offices, stacks, for example) may be entered exclusively after prior registration and/or at the express request of the library staff.

2.3. All visitors have to always conduct themselves in such a manner as to avoid obstructing, exposing to danger or causing a nuisance for any other persons or hindering them pursuing their legitimate claims, and so as to avoid disturbing the library's operation. 

2.4. Library media and facilities, (technical) devices and furnishings and equipment of the BSB have to be used with care. They must not be damaged or soiled.

2.5. Bulky objects (for example bicycles, surfboards, etc.) and instruments causing noise must not be brought to the library. Baggage items must not be left unattended.

2.6. The BSB serves scholarly purposes, professional work and further education. Any use of the reading rooms and of the library's electronic data-processing devices that does not comply with the above mission statement is prohibited (e.g. for playing computer games).

3. Coats and lockers

3.1. Clothes and objects which must not be taken into the reading rooms and the book collection area for local lending (Ortsleihe; cf. section 7.3.), can be stored in daytime lockers or permanently rentable lockers, of which a limited number is available. Daytime lockers may be used exclusively for the time of the actual stay of the user at the BSB during the day.

3.2. More detailed regulations on this are provided by the "Conditions of use for lockers".
Conditions of use for lockers in buildings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich

4. Food, beverages, smoking

4.1. Consuming food and drink is permitted fundamentally only in such areas which are provided for this purpose (for example the cafeteria, the lounge, the common area in the marble hall).

4.2. It is fundamentally prohibited to bring food or drinks into the reading rooms. The sole exception to this is the special regulation on bringing drinking water into the General Reading Room and the Periodicals Reading Room (cf. section 7.4.).

4.3. Smoking is prohibited throughout the buildings and grounds of the BSB. This regulation also encompasses e-cigarettes.

5. Use of mobile electronic devices

5.1. Mobile electronic devices (such as laptops, tablet PCs, smart phones, etc.) may generally be used in silent operation mode. Section 2.3. is applicable in this regard.

5.2. Unoccupied, freely accessible current sockets may be used. It is prohibited to plug devices into the data outlet sockets of the BSB.

5.3. Making phone calls is permitted exclusively in the correspondingly marked areas.

6. Filming and photographing

Prior special permission is required for taking photographs and shooting films and TV coverage.

7. Conduct in the reading rooms

7.1. The reading rooms may be entered and left exclusively via the entrance/ exit control counters.

7.2. Maximum possible silence needs to prevail in the reading rooms. In particular, any loud and disturbing conversations, manners of conduct and noises are forbidden (e.g. when working in a group, listening to audio files without headphones or similar).

7.3. The reading rooms must not be entered with coats and/or comparable outdoor clothes, umbrellas, opaque bags, backpacks, comparable bags or containers or other bulky objects (e.g. skateboards, suitcases, pushchairs). The library staff in attendance decides at reasonable discretion whether access is granted or denied.

7.4. Drinking water may be brought into the General Reading Room and the Periodicals Reading Room in commercially available, transparent, sealable bottles. Bottles must always be closed accurately and placed underneath the desk (where possible).

7.5. Making phone calls is prohibited in the reading rooms. Other services (e.g. e-mail, SMS, WhatsApp, Twitter) may be used, provided that the device is muted. Section 2.3. is applicable in this regard.

7.6. It is not allowed to reserve study desks in the reading rooms for third persons.

7.7. In the event that a reading room is used to capacity, the BSB reserves the right to assign any study desks left vacant for over one hour to a waiting user. Items left behind will remain on the table, but are pushed to the side.

7.8. After concluding a day's work, the study desk must be cleared and the media from the reference collection must be placed back in their shelf location indicated by the classification mark. Media ordered for consultation in the reading room must either be placed back on the book collection shelf or be returned at the return counter provided for this purpose. Any objects brought along (e.g. files) and the content of the library bags must be presented when leaving the reading rooms without special request to do so.

8. Guided tours by third parties

Guided tours, lectures or courses by third parties are fundamentally not permitted. In justifiable individual cases permission can be granted by the specialised department in charge.

9. Lost property

9.1. Lost property has to be handed in at the custodian's office in the main building, Ludwigstrasse 16, 80539 Munich.

9.2. Arts. 978 et seq., 968 of the German Civil Code (BGB), Art. 10 et seq. of the Bavarian ordinance on the responsibilities and the procedure of the lost-property authorities and the Bavarian ordinance on the implementation of the law on lost property (Fundrecht) are applicable. Any lost property that is not retrieved will be stored correspondingly and possibly auctioned.

10. Checks/ inspections, identification

The BSB is entitled to install control facilities and to carry out checks and/or inspections. This is applicable in particular to work materials and items brought along. At the request of the library staff, visitors are obliged to identify themselves by presenting a valid proof of identity (personal identification card or passport, etc.).

11. Liability

11.1. The BSB fundamentally does not accept liability for the loss of or damage to items brought along, in particular items stored in lockers.

11.2. Other than that, the statutory provisions are applicable.

12. Bringing animals

By the exception of assistance dogs (guide or assistance dogs for persons with impaired vision or hearing, for example), it is not allowed to bring along animals. Such assistance dogs must be kept leashed at all times.

13. Emergency procedures in case of hazardous situations or fire, first aid

13.1. Emergency services (emergency doctor, ambulance) can be called at any time, around the clock, via the main custodian's office (direct extension: 2220).

13.2. All access and exit roads, entrance, exit and through passages, staircases and marked escape routes must be kept clear at all times.

14. Parking vehicles and bicycles

Vehicles and bicycles may be parked exclusively in the marked parking spaces or areas. Vehicles and bicycles left in a fire-brigade access road or in escape routes are removed at the owners' cost.

 

The present Rules of the House are effective as of 1 October 2017, replacing the Rules of the House of October 2012.

Munich, in September 2017

Dr. Klaus Ceynowa
(Director General)

Conditions of use for lockers in buildings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich

Note

The "Conditions of use for lockers in buildings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich" are available in both German and English. Only the German version of the conditions of use for lockers is legally binding.

Conditions of use for lockers in buildings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich
Version: 1 October 2017  (in German)
PDF version for download (29 KB)

On the basis of the Rules of the House of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek of 01/10/2017, I hereby issue the following conditions of use:

  1. The present conditions of use are applicable to daytime lockers and permanently rentable lockers. The conditions of use are accepted as legally binding by using a locker.

    You do not have a claim to the availability of a locker.

  2. The lockers of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) are provided to you – in limited numbers and sizes – during the daily opening times of the building for storing your items which must not be taken into the reading rooms and the book collection area for local lending (Ortsleihe, cf. section 3.1. of the Rules of the House).

    Fundamentally, you may use only one locker at a time.

    You must treat the lockers with care, preventing any damage to and soiling of them.

    You are barred from keeping any perishable food, weapons, drugs, dangerous or harmful substances and objects in the lockers.

  3. The daytime lockers are available to you free of charge. Lockers can be locked by inserting a coin (one or two Euro coin) as a deposit.

    The used daytime locker must be cleared every day, in time before the building is closed.

  4. As a holder of a valid reader pass of the BSB, you have the additional option of renting a permanent locker. For this purpose, a written request has to be submitted to the service desk in the marble hall.

    The permanent lockers are assigned in the order of the dates of receipt of the submitted requests.
    The assignment duration of a permanent locker fundamentally amounts to twelve months. Extensions of this term are possible, provided that there is no waiting list for the assignment of permanent lockers in particular.

    For renting a permanent locker, the BSB charges a fee in the amount of EUR 7.50/ month (small permanent locker) or EUR 10.00/ month (large permanent locker). In addition, you have to pay a one-time security deposit in the amount of EUR 80.00. The security deposit will be refunded to you without delay by bank transfer after the expiry of the renting period.

    The right of use of a permanent locker is a personal, non-transferable right. You are not allowed to leave the permanent locker to a third person – not even for a short time.

    You have to clear a permanent locker at the end of the renting period and return the key to the Department of User Services without delay.

  5. For security reasons or in the event of a breach of the conditions of use, the BSB reserves the right to open and clear the lockers at any given time and without express request to vacate.

    The BSB further reserves the right to open and clear without express request to vacate such lockers which have not been vacated in time. For opening and clearing a locker, the BSB charges compensation in the amount of EUR 10.00.

  6. The custodian's office at the main entrance must be notified of a loss of a key or a malfunction of the lock mechanism without delay.
    In the event that the locker key is lost or not returned in due time, the BSB will charge you with the cost for acquiring a new key and the possibly required replacement and removal/ installation of a new lock mechanism.

  7. Clothing items, containers and/or other objects found upon clearing a locker are treated as lost property pursuant to Arts. 978 German Civil Code (BGB).

    The BSB stores lost property – by the exception of obviously valueless or perishable items – for the duration of at least six months after registration of the finding report.
    The BSB may freely dispose of obviously valueless or perishable found items in the manner that is deemed suitable. Perishable found items (food, for example) are discarded on a daily basis.

  8. The Free State of Bavaria is liable for the loss of or damage to objects stored in the lockers fundamentally only in the event of wilful or grossly negligent conduct of employees of the BSB.

    Other than that, the relevant statutory provisions are applicable.

  9. You are liable vis-à-vis the BSB for all damages and hindrances arising from your non-compliance with the conditions of use.

    The misuse or damaging of lockers can be prosecuted by the BSB under penal law, when indicated.

 

The present conditions of use are effective as of 01/10/2017.

Munich, in September 2017

Brigitte Loy
(Head of the Department General Administration)

General decree by the Director General: General transfer of the householder's rights within the sphere of responsibility of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Note

The "General decree by the Director General: General transfer of the householder's rights within the sphere of responsibility of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" is available in both German and English. Only the German version of the general decree is legally binding.

Legal basis:
Art. 6 para. 3 of the Allgemeine Benützungsordnung der Bayerischen Staatlichen Bibliotheken (ABOB) of 18 August 1993 in conjunction with the Rules of the House of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek of 1 October 2017.

The order at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) is ensured by the Director General, who exercises the householder's rights. The exercise of the householder's rights may be transferred to other library employees generally or in individual cases.

The following general decree is issued:

  1. In order to ensure an orderly and disturbance-free operation of the BSB, the householder's rights are fundamentally exercised by the Head of the Department of User Services, in the case of his/her absence by the respective proxy.

  2. In the event of particular urgency due to "exigent circumstances", the householder's rights may additionally be exercised by the employees of the Departments of User Services and General Administration who work in the public areas/ publicly frequented areas, in particular in the custodian's office and in the reading rooms, who may declare a limited denial of access for the duration of one day up to three days.

  3. A limited denial of access for the period of more than three days up to a duration of six months at most can be declared exclusively by the Head of the Department of User Services or his/ her proxy in attendance.

  4. A denial of access effective for a duration of over six months can be declared exclusively by the Director General, in the case of his/ her absence by the proxy.

  5. The right to file a criminal complaint for unlawful entry/ breach of domestic peace (Hausfriedensbruch) is reserved exclusively to the Director General. In the case of his/ her absence, said right is exercised by his/her respective proxy.

 

This general decree is effective as of 1 October 2017.

Munich, in September 2017

Dr. Klaus Ceynowa
(Director General)

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