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State-Wide Tasks

As the central state library and repository library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek took over the role of public agency for all matters concerning the Bavarian library system in 1999. It thus plays a decisive part in all Bavaria-wide planning and coordination activities in the library system. On the basis of its function as a service provider for Bavaria and as a location of academic research, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek was inscribed in the Bavarian University and College Act (Hochschulgesetz) in 2006. It is the leading manager of "Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online", the central arts and humanities portal on the history and culture of Bavaria. Furthermore, within the framework of the "Bayern-Konsortium" (Bavarian Consortium) it coordinates the licensing of electronic journals, subject databases and e-books for all universities and colleges in Bavaria.
Since 1663 the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has had the legal deposit right regarding Bavarian publications, which it collects, catalogues, archives and makes available to its users.
Three departments of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek perform special state-wide tasks for the Bavarian library system:
  • The  Head Office of the Bavarian Library Network (Bibliotheksverbund Bayern is the regional information-technology competence centre for all networked libraries. It administrates the central catalogue database of the Bavarian libraries. In cooperation with the Bavarian university and college libraries, the "Virtuelle Bibliothek Bayern" (Virtual Library of Bavaria) develops innovative projects and services for supporting an excellent information infrastructure for Bavaria as a location of academic research.
  • The  Consulting Centre for Public Libraries (Landesfachstelle für das öffentliche Bibliothekswesen) is the agency used by the Free State of Bavaria to support the development of public libraries in all parts of the state, involving financial support and subject-specific counselling.
  • The  Bavarian Library Academy trains future Bavarian librarians. It is also a national centre for training academic librarians.