Bavarian State Library in Munich: Tips and information

Radler auf der Ludwigstraße bei der Staatsbibliothek, Foto: muenchen.de / Immanuel Rahman
Foto: muenchen.de / Immanuel Rahman

Munich State Library: One of the most important libraries

The Bavarian State Library is one of the most important libraries in Europe. The building in the center of Munich is absolutely worth seeing for anyone coming to the city.

Information about the Bavarian State Library

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München, Foto: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Foto: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • The Bavarian State Library is considered one of the most important libraries in Europe.
  • Its holdings currently number over ten million books.
  • In addition, exhibitions of paintings, drawings, etc. are regularly held on the second floor of the building.
  • Historically, the Bavarian State Library goes back to the court library of the Wittelsbacher dynasty, which was established in 1558

Museum exhibitions on the second floor

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München, Foto: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Foto: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Exhibitions are held regularly on the second floor of the Bavarian State Library in Munich. The display cases contain far more than just old books or written documents. Paintings, drawings and other documents from times long past are also presented here.

The library also shows its lavishly restored works as well as newly acquired editions in special exhibitions dealing with Bavarian and European history. Not to forget: the building itself. The large rooms with their nostalgic charm entice visitors to browse undisturbed.

Opening hours

Opening hours of the library:
Information: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Opening hours for exhibitions (usually):
Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Closed on holidays

History of the Bavarian State Library

The Bavarian State Library in Munich dates back to the court library of the Wittelsbacher dynasty, which was established in 1558 at the request of Duke Albrecht V.

It moved into its present building in Ludwigsstrasse, designed by the architect Friedrich von Gärtner, in 1843. The total holdings include about 10 million books, periodicals, manuscripts and other printed works. New copies are added every year.

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