With its headquarters located in the Gasteig since 1984, the Münchner Stadtbibliothek (Munich City Library), provides a multi-functional information and media service range. As a library for general studies and education, it is the centre of the largest municipal library system and one of the most important regional libraries in Germany. The library is home to general scientific resources, the open access library, the music, children’s and youth libraries as well as the philatelic collection. The Munich City Library is open to the public and covers the interests and needs of all age groups. The wide range of 1.5 million media items are used by more than 3,000 people every day.
A source of culture and education
With its broad event programme, the Munich City Library also makes an important contribution to the cultural education aspect of the Gasteig. It offers film series on a regular basis and supports the exchange between European and non-European cultures. Another emphasis is on the support of life long learning through workshops and guided tours.
A Fast, all-encompassing service for young and old
Booking and lending media is uncomplicated and can be done by visitors themselves. Waiting times are reduced and returning media to the central library is possible from 7 AM to 11 PM every day. To help with orientation, the city library offers regular guided tours through the house and regarding the use of the online catalogue. For its exemplary cooperation with schools, the Munich City Library was awarded the Gütesiegel 2010 (Homepage), a quality label, by the Leseforum Bayern (Bavarian Reading Forum). Pupils and students as well as teachers are offered free research training, media packages and tips which lead to more delight in reading.