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Without reader pass
The online catalogue can be used for research purposes without prior formal registration.
To enter the  reading rooms you only need to bring your ID card or passport.
With reader pass
However, if you wish to take books or other media home or to a reading room on loan, or if you wish to obtain external access to licensed databases and electronic journals, or wish to use the Internet access of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, you need a  reader pass with password.
It is generally free of charge. Fees are only charged in the case of reservations (0,50 EUR), renewal reminders and lost loaned media as well as for special services you may commission, like e.g. photographs or copies.
Regular reader passes can be requested exclusively in person at the Registration Office (Zulassung) on the ground floor. Please bring either a valid identification card or a valid passport together with a confirmation of registration as resident (so-called Meldebestätigung) of your municipality. Students additionally need to bring a valid student ID card.
After successful registration the reader pass can be used immediately also at the University Library of the Ludwig Maximilians University. It is no longer required to activate the reader pass at the university library.
Preliminary registration
A preliminary registration can be carried out via an online form in the OPACplus. The preliminary registration provides you with a preliminary user number that can be used at once for up to five orders. However, before collecting the ordered media, the final reader pass must be collected from the Registration Office. In addition to the above-mentioned documents, also your preliminary user number is required for this purpose.
Online registration is not possible for students and employees of the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, legal entities, minors and persons without registered place of residence in Germany.
Short-term visits
For users from abroad wishing to use the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek on the occasion of a brief visit there is a special  registration procedure.