The Bavarian State Library in Munich celebrates its 450th birthday

From 1558 right through to the present day, the history of the Bavarian State Library has seen wars, regime change, and the rise and fall of countless political and cultural influences. It has enjoyed periods both of remarkable enrichment, when splendid acquisitions were made for the collections, and great hardship, most notably the bombing raids of 1943-1945 which destroyed 85% of the building and 500,000 books. It was voted Germany’s Library of the Year in 2008.