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Reading Rooms at a Glance
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 (OPAC) first.

Reading rooms at a glance
Consultation of ordered materials in 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 (OPAC). 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. The loan period for consultation in the reading rooms is usually four weeks. 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.