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104th Convention of German Librarians // "Bibliotheken – von Anfang an Zukunft" // 26 - 29 May 2015 in Nuremberg

Logo zum Bibliothekartag Nürnnberg 2015

The theme of the 104th Convention of German Librarians opening on 26 May 2015 is "Bibliotheken – von Anfang an Zukunft" ("Libraries – From the Beginning into the Future"). This year the German National Library once again has a stand at the event and a large number of staff members will be taking part in the convention programme. Visit us on stand 84 in Hall 4A where we will be providing information on a one-to-one basis on the work of the German National Library and on our bibliographic services.

"Kafka im Künstlerbuch" (Kafka art book) // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library in Leipzig // 11 March to 6 September 2015 // Guided tour on 28 May 2015 at 10:30

Kafka im Künstlerbuch

Little known during his lifetime and on the list of "undesirable" authors after 1933 in Germany, the work of Franz Kafka (1883-1924) only came to world fame after the Second World War. The texts of the great, German-speaking author are still as current today as they were then, and have been interpreted many times in literature and visual art.

The gallery exhibition is devoted to book designers, illustrators and typographers, who have grappled with the cryptic and whimsical texts of the Prague author in art books, drawings, comic strips and written creations. The focus is on the seven works of Kafka, which he, himself, approved for publication: "Das Urteil" (The Judgement), "Der Heizer" (The Stoker), "Die Verwandlung" (The Metamorphosis), "In der Strafkolonie" (In the Penal Colony), "Ein Hungerkünstler" (A Hunger Artist) "Betrachtung" (Contemplation), "Ein Landarzt" (A Country Doctor).

The show is also a reminder of Kafka's successful visit to Leipzig on 29 June 1912, when he met publishers Ernst Rowohlt and Kurt Wolff for the first time.


1.000 years of Leipzig // "Lipsias Löwen – Ein StadtFestSpiel" // Parade of lions to the city centre // Performance on Deutscher Platz // Saturday, 30 May 2015

Logo der Veranstaltung 1.000 Jahre Leipzig - Lipsias Löwen - Ein StadtFestSpiel

The lions are on the loose! Five lions from different parts of Leipzig will be making their way through the city to meet up with the lioness mother "Lipsia". They will be accompanied along the way by musicians, dancers, performers and the general public - taking the wishes and visions of the institutions with them on their journey. Unlike 100 years ago, when real lions escaped from a circus and forayed through the city of Leipzig, in 2015 the lions are spectacular figures six metres in height from the "Titanick" theatre from which actors will be interacting with the audience. The "Buch + Medien" lion sculpture and roving reporter will be calling by the annex building of the German National Library on the Deutscher Platz between roughly 16:00 and 16:30 to give a performance and to take the visions of the Alte Messe and the German National Library interest group with it on its journey

Open day // Reading. Hearing. Understanding // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Sunday, 31 May 2015, 10:00 - 17:00

Foto vom Tag der offenen Tür in der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt am Main

A varied programme gives visitors a glimpse behind the scenes at the library - from the roof right down to the underground stacks. There will be guided tours of art works, of the technical facilities and of the computer centre but also of the special collections of the German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945, of the Deutsches Filminstitut and of the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels. A "Tatort Bibliothek: Wir kriegen sie alle!" discovery tour has also been arranged for families with children aged 6 to 10. Throughout the day visitors will be able to find out all about book restoration or the world of digital media. An exhibition featuring curiosities from the library's holdings and a miniature theatre complete the range of attractions.

Admission is free of charge. Sign up for the guided tours from 10:00 on the day at the library.


Wie Willensstärke die Persönlichkeit prägt: Walter Mischel im Gespräch über sein Buch "Der Marshmallow-Test" // Hosted by: Christian Preiser // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 19:30

Cover des Buchs von Walter Mischel: Der Marshmallow Test

It is one of the best-known psychology experiments: children are presented with a marshmallow and are then given a choice. They can either eat it immediately or wait a little and then get two. Do they wait or do they take the marshmallow? And what does their decision say about their later development? In his new book Walter Mischel, internationally renowned psychologist and inventor of the Marshmallow Test, shows what impact self-discipline has on our personality and how it can help us in our daily lives.
Organised in cooperation with Siedler Verlag, the Sigmund-Freud-Institut, the Consulate General of the United States Frankfurt and Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung.

Free admission. Please write to to reserve a place


The 2014 report of the German National Library is now available

Cover des Jahresberichtes der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek 2014

The 2014 report summarises all the important topics, developments, facts and figures from the past year, including reviews of the core areas of Acquisitions, Cataloguing, User Services and Preservation plus the implementation of the new organisational structure. Consequences arising from the changes in the law regarding out-of-commerce and orphan works, the dialogue with experts on the role of memory institutions in the future and the educational and communication work of the German National Library are some of the key topics which are featured. There is also a review of the specialist and cultural activities of the German National Library, including its events and publications.


Question round to mark the 130th anniversary of the German Museum of Books and Writing // A quiz on the virtual exhibition celebrating over 5,000 years of media history

Bild zum DBSM-Quiz

Who cracked the code of the pharaohs? What was the name of Gutenberg's monumental magnum opus? Truth or fiction: An alien invasion which reached New York from New Jersey despite desperate human efforts? What is the name of the universal machine which has combined electronic work and entertainment functions since the 1980s?

The knowledge quiz based on the virtual "Signs - Books - Networks" exhibition is all about the people, objects and events associated with media history. The quiz consists of three sections, each containing ten questions. The sections focus on different aspects of book and media history: Texts and Writing, Book Culture, the Digital World. All the questions include explanatory pictures which illuminate and clarify complex issues and help players to answer the questions. Each round of questions includes the correct solution and an explanation.


Virtual exhibition "First World War" is online

Plakat: Die beste Sparkasse: Kriegsanleihe!

Items depicting everyday life and the media of the First World War are being featured in the new online "100 Jahre Erster Weltkrieg" exhibition. Including posters and war newspapers, more than 200 media objects illustrate the importance of mass media in relation to the War. Areas covered by the exhibition include propaganda and censorship. For instance, visitors can find out all about the role of children's and young people's literature in the propaganda machinery of the First World War. While ration cards and posters bear witness to the difficulties of day-to-day life in which simply finding enough to eat was a problem.
The content can be accessed via the different theme areas, but there is also a time line which provides an overview of the sequence of events in the War. There is also a glossary explaining relevant terms.


5,000 years of media history online // The first virtual exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library goes online.

Plakat von 5.000 Jahre Mediengeschichte online

Tally sticks, the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs, tattoos, letters, rolling book barrels, censor lists of the Catholic church, sub-Atlantic cables, Mr Bean's trip to a medieval manuscript reading room, the toilet as a place of reading or the utopia of the universal language: the first virtual exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library provides more than 1,800 insights large and small into the history of media.

Visitors explore the eleven theme modules (also translated into English) as though moving through a web of knowledge in which selected protagonists of media history serve as tour guides on a virtual journey through time. Trenchant histories of objects, pictures, films and sound recordings are woven together to form different, highly individualistic theme worlds.


Arts in Exile // Virtual Exhibition and Network

Logo of "Arts in Exile"

There are many different reasons for leaving one's country, not all of which related to political persecution. The effects which such exile has on artists and the arts are equally diverse. The virtual "Arts in Exile" exhibition is dedicated to exploring these effects. The intention is to showcase the full complexity of the subject of artists in exile.

The German Exile Archive 1933 - 1945 of the German National Library was requested by the former Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs, Bernd Neumann, to assume overall control of co-ordinating the "Arts in Exile" virtual exhibition and network. The first modules of this new exhibition format went online on 18 September 2013 and they will be on display until the end of 2014. More than 30 network partners will be contributing to the continual expansion of the exhibition during this period.


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