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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) serves scholarly purposes, professional work and further education alike. Its use 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.
The online catalogue of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek can be used for research purposes without formal registration, which is also valid for the General Reading Room, the Periodicals Reading Room, the East Reading Room and the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images.
Upon request by the library personnel users must identify themselves with the aid of valid personal identification documents.
However, if you wish to take books home or to a reading room on loan, or if you wish to obtain external access to licensed media, you need a reader pass which may be obtained only personally from the  Registration Office.
How can you use the library?
  • For loaning books and other media for taking them home or to the reading rooms
  • For using the reference library collection covering many subject areas, including e.g. reference books, manuals, dictionaries, law texts and bibliographies in the  reading rooms
  • For reading the current issues of approximately 18,000 periodicals in the  Periodicals Reading Room
  • For using a free-of-charge Internet access for scholarly purposes
  • For using a multi-facetted collection of electronic media like CD-ROMs, online databases and electronic journals
  • For using the interlibrary loan facilities
  • For ordering documents from document delivery services
The collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are mostly kept in closed repositories, many of which are located outside Munich. Therefore, only the collections of the reference libraries in the reading rooms can be used immediately. All other media need to be ordered by means of the  online catalogue first. Such media are on average available within 2-3 working days.
Short visit or study visit
Please  register with us in good time if you wish to use the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek on the occasion of a short visit or study visit.

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