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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library - BSB) is the central state and archiving library of Bavaria. Along with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) and the German National Library in Frankfurt and Leipzig, these constitute the virtual national library of Germany.
With its outstanding holdings of 93,000 manuscripts, the world's largest collection of 19,900 incunabula, over 55,000 current magazines and just under ten million printed volumes (figures from end of 2009), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is one of the most important information and research centres in the world. At the same time the library is rising to meet future challenges: it is consistently expanding its digital and Internet-based holdings, offerings, and services, for example, in the area of electronic media (especially journals), mass digitisation and long-term digital preservation, as well as the development of innovative information technologies and services.

Competences and priorities in the area of long-term preservation

Since 1997, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) has had a central innovation unit for the development, testing, and commissioning of new processes in the field of "Digital library" in the form of the Munich Digitization Center. Current processes include (mass) digitisation and the production, management, deployment and long-term preservation of electronic resources.
As one of the tasks outlined above, the BSB carries responsibility for the long-term preservation of:

  • the retro-digitised resources created in-house or by partners or service providers
  • publications in digital form (e.g. official electronic publications issued by the state of Bavaria, the other Länder and the Federal Government) falling under its legal collection mandate
  • the digital resources and websites collected and catalogued as part of special subject collections or virtual libraries
  • and all other electronic media produced at the BSB itself, or for which the relevant licences have been purchased (e.g. Bavaria Consortium, national licenses).

The library archiving and retrieval system (BABS) set up and operated jointly with the Leibniz Supercomputing Centre as a strategic partner is the central organisational and technical infrastructure for long-term digital preservation at the Bavarian State Library. By the end of March 2010, BABS had archived a data volume of 205 TB or 355 million files. The reliability and scalability of the system were assessed and improved as part of a DFG project by the end of 2010. Introduction of the preservation repository system Rosetta aims to raise the quality (especially of the long-term accessibility) of the archived objects. Current special areas of research include the trustworthiness of the digital repositories, collaborative organisational models and standardisation. In a study conducted jointly with the Universität der Bundeswehr München, organisational and business models have been developed for the long-term preservation of digitised material. The BSB actively contributes its results and the experience gained in various projects with a variety of partners to the national and international community (including nestor, working groups of the DIN and ISO).
Further information can be found at:


Dr. Markus Brantl
Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum/Digitale Bibliothek
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
80328 München
Phone +49 89 28638-2394, Fax: -12394

Dr. Astrid Schoger
Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum/Digitale Bibliothek
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
80328 München
Phone +49 89 28638-2600, Fax: -2672

Last update: 04.01.2017

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