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BAHNRISS?! Papier | Kultur // Temporary exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // Opening at 19:30 on Thursday, 18 February 2016

Plakat zur Ausstellung "Bahnriss"

If the word "Bahnriss!" (web break) is called out in the machine room of a paper mill, the paper makers know exactly what to do – there has been a technical breakdown, and production needs to be restarted. Today, however, there is the threat of a different type of rupture – the almost symbiotic link between paper and culture which developed over the centuries has become very brittle in the age of smartphone and tablet apps. The exhibition explores the ubiquitous material of paper, looks back to the past and takes a peek into the future.
Prof. Günter Karl Bose of the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig, will speak at the opening of the exhibition. Musical entertainment by Stanescu Tudor. (Picture: Grafisch, Berlin)

The exhibition can be seen until 2 October 2016.
Free admission. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00, Thursday 10:00 - 20:00. National holidays (except Mondays) 10:00 - 18:00

Library Congress 2016 // "Bibliotheksräume – real und digital" // 14 - 17 March 2016 at Congress Center Leipzig

RDA-Schulung in der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek

The staff of the German National Library will be offering talks, workshops and surgeries on the Library's stand at the exhibition held during the "Bibliotheksräume – real und digital" Library Congress from 14 to 17 March in Leipzig. For the first time, the German National Library is also offering supplementary RDA-related events at its Leipzig site which was opened 100 years ago. An overview of all events, abstracts of the talks and registration information on the events being held in the German National Library can be found at

"Wir brauchen einen ganz anderen Mut!" Stefan Zweig – Farewell to Europe // Exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 of the German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // 24 November 2015 to 24 March 2016 // Additional tour on Tuesday, March 22, 18:00

Photo: Stefan Zweig on his first trip to Brazil, Stefan Zweig Centre Salzburg

The Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) spent the last eight years of his life in exile. In February 1934 he emigrated to England; in June 1940 he left Europe with his wife Lotte. They spent time in the US and in Brazil where they eventually took their lives together at the end of February 1942.
The exhibition of the Theatermuseum in Vienna, Austria, examines the life and work of Stefan Zweig through the prism of his exile. Of outstanding importance are two texts that were only written in his last years of exile: in his memoirs, "Die Welt von Gestern", Zweig conjures up the old Europe; in "Schachnovelle" on the other hand he explores the horror that sealed the fate of Europe. These two texts are the focus of the exhibition which was conceived by Clement Renoldner and created by Peter Karlhuber.

Free admission. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 14:00 - 20:00, Saturday 14:00 - 18:00.
Closed: Sundays and national holidays.

The curator tour on 17 March 2016 is fully booked.
An additional guided tour is being offered on Tuesday, March 22 at 18:00. Contact to reserve a place

Reading a book? Hollywood liest // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library in Leipzig // 27 November 2015 to 31 July 2016

Foto vom lesenden Groucho Marx zur Ausstellung: Reading a book? Hollywood liest

Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Joan Crawford, Ronald Reagan, James Stewart, Cary Grant or Clark Gable: many glamourous Hollywood stars often used books to convey a certain image. Books rarely played leading roles in films. But they were among the most frequently shown props. Yet now that books no longer represent learning and social status as exclusively as they once did, they are seen less and less on the big screen. The "film career" of books is reflected in the many stills and promotional photos of stars with a book in their hand - taken on set, at home, by the fireside, at the swimming pool, in libraries or hotel lobbies. The collection of photos compiled by Günter Karl Bose of movie stars from the 1920s to the 1970s in reading poses reveals a special piece of cinema history.
(Photo: Groucho Marx. Sammlung Günter Karl Bose)

Free admission. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 18:00, Thursday 10:00 - 20:00.

Licensing service for out-of-commerce works successfully launched

Lizenzierungsservice Vergriffene Werke - Foto eines Buchscanners

The German National Library has successfully launched its licensing service for out-of-commerce works (VW-LiS) as a contribution to the digitisation of literature of the 20th century. VG Wort granted use licenses for the first 500 titles. The German National Library can now make these works available via the Internet in digitised form.

Two texts, " externer linkPhilo-Atlas: Handbuch für die jüdische Auswanderung" and "externer linkAuswanderungs-Vorschriften für Juden in Deutschland", have already been digitised and are now online. Both works were published shortly before the November Pogrom in 1938 and deal with Jewish emigration from Nazi Germany. The publications helped individuals to prepare for emigration. Today they provide information on bureaucratic and other hurdles which emigrants could expect to encounter.

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