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Libraries and Archives

LMU Munich enjoys an excellent library system. Faculty and students also have access to the Bavarian State Library, the Technische Universität München Library, other local and state LMU partner libraries and the German university interlibrary loan network.

Universitätsbibliothek (University Library - UB)

The university’s library system consists of the Main University Library and more than 130 decentralized libraries hosted by the individual faculties. Its total stock amounts to about 6.5 million volumes. The vast majority of the library system’s holdings are listed in the online catalog accessible on the Internet. Whereas the holdings of the decentralized libraries are generally not available for lending, the Main Library houses lending stocks totaling 2.4 million volumes. These include the valuable old inventory of over 3,000 manuscripts and approximately 400,000 old prints up to the publication year 1900, the second largest in the Free State of Bavaria.

Additional libraries

Students and researchers at LMU Munich also have access to libraries at other universities and institutes of higher education in Munich as well as to partner libraries and the special libraries our university maintains.

University Archive

Since the founding of LMU Munich, the University Archive has preserved archival material from the Board of University Representatives, Rectorate, faculties and institutes and maintains its own special library of university and faculty history. It is open during special hours for academic research. Researchers are requested to contact the Archive in advance.

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Bavarian State Library - BSB)

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, known popularly as the "StaBi," contains over 9 million titles and one of the world’s largest and most important rare document collections.

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