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The Munich DigitiZation Center (MDZ) has been providing the rich holdings of the Bavarian State Library (BSB) on the Internet since 1997.

It is the central innovation and also production unit of the BSB for developing, testing and implementing new products and processes related to the multifaceted, far-ranging subject of the 'digital library'.

  • The new Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library: now online!

    Full text search, infinite zoom, open access: The Bavarian State Library presents its new Digital Collections with around 2.7 million digitized titles. Initiated in 1997 by the Munich DigitiZation Center (MDZ) of the Bavarian State Library, the Digital Collections are now the largest offering of their kind in Germany, with over 355 million digitized pages. The current relaunch goes far beyond a visual redesign. The aim of the technological revision is to improve the use of the written cultural heritage for science and research as well as for the general public.

    To the full press release of the BSB

  • 2.5 millionth digital copy online!

    The Bavarian State Library has just put its 2.5 millionth digital copy online. So around 70 percent of its copyright-free holdings are now freely accessible on the Internet. This gives science, research and the general public quick and easy access to significant digital treasures of culture and knowledge. Further information on the BSB's 2.5 millionth digitized item.

  • Sir Francis Drake's Last Voyage (1595/96)

    The manuscript Cod.angl. 2 is one of the most important English manuscripts of the Bavarian State Library. Among writings and letters on English seafaring from the 16th and 17th century, it contains a journal of Sir Francis Drake's last voyage, covering the period from August 28, 1595 to May 20, 1596, describing the course of one of the ships of this expedition to the West Indies. On page 13v from January 28 is a note about the death of Sir Francis Drake. The manuscript is available in an annotated version via our IIIF viewer.