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Duke Albrecht V founds the Munich court library by purchasing the private library of the Austrian chancellor and Orientalist Johann Albrecht Widmannstetter.
The library of Johann Jakob Fugger, containing the collection of the Nuremberg physician and humanist Hartmann Schedel, is purchased for the court library.
The Bavarian legal-deposit law enters into force. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek already ranks among the largest libraries of Europe.
In Bavaria monasteries and clerical dukedoms are annexed by the secular state. The library's holdings are increased by about 450,000 printed books and 18,600 manuscripts.
The court library of Electoral Palatinate, owned by Elector Karl Theodor and comprising 100,000 volumes, is transferred from Mannheim to Munich.
The cataloguing of the enormous number of works acquired in the course of the secularisation takes several decades. Johann Andreas Schmeller catalogues the collection of manuscripts; Martin Schrettinger catalogues the printed works.
The move to the new library building in Ludwigstrasse, built by Friedrich von Gaertner to the order of Ludwig I, puts an end to the so far rather cramped conditions of storage and use of the library's collections. The exquisite building designed by Friedrich von Gaertner is for a long time regarded as the most modern library building of the world and gives direction to library building concepts.
around 1900
The library develops into a modern library for public scholarly use. User catalogues are set up, the opening hours are extended and access to the library is liberalized.
In the year of revolution the Munich court library is renamed as Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
During the Second World War 85 percent of the building and a quarter of the holdings are destroyed.
The building is reconstructed, evacuated holdings are reintegrated. In 1966 the annex designed by Sep Ruf is completed; in 1970 the reconstruction of the south wing is concluded.
since 1949
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek assumes responsibility for the subjects of pre-history and early history; history (general); classical studies; Byzantium; history of Germany, Austria and Switzerland; history of France and Italy; CIS states; Eastern Europe; modern Greece (up to 1998) and musicology within the framework of the programme of special collection areas of the German Research Foundation. In 2008 the subject area "information science, book studies and library science" is added.
starting 1972
The electronic cataloguing of periodicals represents the advent of electronic data processing. In 1982 electronic cataloguing is extended to also encompass monographs, in 1993 the online public access catalogue (OPAC) is made accessible via the Internet. Today the majority of holdings from the publication year 1500 onward is searchable online by means of state-of-the-art search engine technology.
With about 150,000 new acquisitions per year the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek maintains its leading position among the German libraries. In 1988 some urgently required additional storage space was obtained in the form of a book repository in the north of Munich.
Refurbishment of the building and of the technical systems, incurring expenses of EUR 40 million.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is one of the first libraries in Germany to establish a Department of Conservation and Collection Care.
Retrospective conversion of the comprehensive catalogues from 1841 to 1981. The complete holdings of printed works of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are thus made searchable online from all over the world.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents itself in the Internet with its first own website.
since 1997
Establishment of the "Munich Digitization Centre" of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek with the financial support of the German Research Foundation.
The Association of "Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" ("Förderer und Freunde der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek e. V.") is founded.
The public library-administration system in Bavaria is reorganised. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek starts acting as a public agency, assuming coordination and planning tasks for the overall Bavarian library system.
since 2001
Establishment of "Virtual Special Libraries" in the areas of collection emphasis of history, music, Eastern Europe, classical studies and the Romanic cultural area with the support of the German Research Foundation.
Three Reichenau manuscripts held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are entered in the Memory of the World Register of UNESCO.
Conversion of the conventional catalogues concluded. The complete holdings of printed works of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are thus made available from all over the world.
Start of the second construction stage of the Garching book repository. The Garching branch now offers room for approximately 6 million books.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek extends its opening hours. It is now open for visitors from 8 AM to 12 PM every day.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents its completely redesigned website.
Conclusion of a cooperation agreement with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin/Preussischer Kulturbesitz.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is entered in the University and College Act as service provider for Bavaria as a centre of science and research.
First-time use of scanning robot technology, i. a. for digitising the printed books of the 16th century published in the German-language area held by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.
Entry into the public-private partnership with Google, aiming at the digitisation of the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek which are not subject to copyright protection.
With the substantial aid of a large alliance of foundations, public and private sponsors and particularly also the Federal Republic of Germany, the Free State of Bavaria acquires five volumes of the famous Ottheinrich bible.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek celebrates its 450th anniversary.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is awarded the title "Library of the Year 2008" by the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius.
The Nibelungen manuscript of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is entered in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.
Thanks to a broad alliance of funders the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek manages to acquire an extremely valuable manuscript and a unique coloured print from the private collection of S.D. Hubertus Fürst Fugger-Babenhausen.
The new research reading room especially for the historical sciences and Bavarica is inaugurated.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is the first library worldwide to present digital copies of most valuable, outstanding items from its collections in the mobile internet.