Long-term Preservation at the Bavarian State Library
The Bavarian State Library offers to its users access to a diversity of digital documents. Those include publications stored on physical data storage media (floppy disks, CD-ROM, DVD, tapes) as well as online publications (digital monographs and periodicals, databases, websites and digitized resources produced by the Munich Digitization Center) that are published through networks only. Access to those digital resources can be free or limited due to licensing agreements (e.g. only for registered users of the library).
The long-term preservation of as well as the maintenance of access to the digital data pose new technical and organisational challenges to the Munich Digitization Center/Digital Library, because
- data storage media quickly become obsolete, data on old data storage media are damaged or access to them is impossible due to the lack of appropriate devices
- data formats change fast, older files are not usable with new applications
- online publications are short-dated and the sources they refer to are often no longer available
- licensing agreements in many cases only cover the newest volumes of digital publications, the older volumes can not be obtained from the publisher anymore.
The Munich Digitization Center/Digital Library has set itself the goal to permanently maintain access to those digital documents for future generations of library users.
Latest Additions to our Digital Collections
Updated daily: Latest additions to the Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library. Items online: 1,056,978
Newly digitized autographs
The Digital Collections have been enriched by a series of valuable autographs. Among them are letters of the philosopher Immanuel Kant, the brothers Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt, German writer E. T. A. Hoffmann, the mysterious Kaspar Hauser, as well as the leader of the Tyrolean rebellion of 1809, Andreas Hofer.
Two closing times in February 2015
Due to an event, the library will be closed on February 12, 2015 from 5 PM (CET); the General Reading Room will be closed all day. On February 17, 2014 (Shrove Tuesday/„Faschingsdienstag“) the Bavarian State Library will be generally closed to the public.