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In the continuous acquisition of materials particular emphasis has traditionally been placed on printed music, literature about music and sound carriers.
Simultaneously, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is responsible for acquiring literature on the subject of musicology as a special collection field assigned and financially supported by the  Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation). Within the framework of this venture, the library has been receiving substantial grants to acquire as exhaustively as possible literature on music, music periodicals and collected works, other editions of historical and scholarly merit and a broad selection of other printed music from abroad.
To continue enhancing the traditional assets of the collection, the library in turn has been investing substantial resources in the acquisition of new and earlier printed music, music manuscripts and modern papers. As far as practical music is concerned, the library aims at continually expanding its broad and internationally representative collection, preferring scores to parts. This acquisition profile encompasses both professional art music on an international scale and publications on music ethnology. Jazz and popular music have been collected in a representative selection as far as reliable editions of some size have been available.
As a participant in the cooperative acquisition plan "Sammlung Deutscher Drucke" (Collection of German Printed Books), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been responsible since 1990 for acquiring printed music published from 1450 to 1800, as well as 15th and 16th-century literature about music.
Since 1865 the library has received mandatory copies of all printed music published in Bavaria. However, musical sound carriers have never been subject to this regulation. After the Second World War, the library was the first music collection of academic standing in the Federal Republic of Germany to establish - from its own budget and in a careful and critical selection - a sound archive of music as an audible documentation on music history and music ethnology. It may be consulted for all special questions of scholarly research.