Books on Bavaria

The book inventory of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB, Bavarian State Library) relating to Bavaria is unique in terms of scale and completeness. The BSB collects all publications issued in Bavaria as well as all publications worldwide with a Bavarian connection.

The supply makes it possible to search 78,000 full texts from holdings relevant to Bavaria from the early modern period and the 19th century.

The titles originate first of all from the shelf of Bavarica signatures; in addition, they come from the shelves of Political Periodicals and State Theatre as well as from the library of the Bayerische Berg-, Hütten- und Salzwerke AG (BHS, Bavarian coal mines, steel works and salt works corporation). In addition, there are digital copies from the regional state libraries.

Searchable Holdings

The full-text search allows access to signature compartments relevant to Bavaria or to the titles of the BSB and the regional state libraries designated as relevant to Bavaria by the BY notation, up to the 19th century.

At present holdings from the following signature shelves may be searched:

  • Bavarica (Bavar.): this shelf of signatures contains all literature relevant for Bavaria, with the exception of publications on history and theory of music, on art and art history as well as maps, globes, atlases and cartographical literature.
  • Library of the Bayerische Berg-, Hütten- and Salzwerke AG (BHS): the special library of the by now dissolved Bavarian colliery enterprise was acquired in 1997 and comprises in particular literature on the mining and saline industry with a regional focus on Bavaria.
  • State Theatre ( The signature shelf includes historical material of the Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera).
  • Political periodicals (Ephemerides politicae; Eph.pol.): the shelf comprises political periodicals and newspapers and is therefore organised supra-regionally. Because of the history of collecting, Bavarian periodicals are strongly represented.

Titles published up to the year 1870 are equably searchable, as long as they have been marked by the key "by" as literature relevant to Bavaria. The key was introduced in 1982 and only partially applied in retrospect. Since it is assigned independently from the signature, signature shelves other than Bavar., BHS, and Eph.pol. also appear among the search results.

The search term is marked by highlighting at the respective place of recovery.

>> Books on Bavaria (Bavarica) digitised in full text are a service provided by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library), the Staatliche Bibliothek Passau (State Library Passau), the Staatliche Bibliothek Regensburg (Regensburg State Library) and the Staats- und Stadtbibliothek Augsburg (Augsburg State and City Library).

To the collections by signature group of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek