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Seminary for Renaissance Intellectual History and Renaissance Philosophy:

Library information

Responsible: Dr. Heinrich C. Kuhn (
Docuent created: 2004-05-18
Last update: 2004-05-18

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Nota bene: Since April 29th 2004 almost all of the material once hosted in our library has been relocated to the "Bibliothek Theologie-Philosophie" (Philosophy & theology library) of This is true for all the items you could previously use in the library located on the fourth floor of Ludwigstr. 31, except the following exceptions that concern material that is (at least up to now and in the forseeable future) still available in Ludwigstr. 31/IV :

If you should inted to use material still located in Ludwigstr. 31/IV: please contact Heinrich C. Kuhn, Helga Pirner-Pareschi, or Martin Schmeisser. We'll try to provide you with the items you are interested in.

Assaid: All the rest of our holdings you'll now find in the New Great Library, the Bibliothek Theologie-Philosophie. This library is located in the wing of the main building of our university which is situtated between Geschwister-Scholl-Platz, Ludwigstraße and Adalbertstraße.. In order to visit these books: you might:

  1. enter the main bulding of our university from the side of Ludwigstraße, from behind the fountain at Geschwister-Scholl-Platz via the main entrance.
  2. Then you might go to the first floor.
  3. Then you might follow the floor that is parallel to Ludwigstraße and from the windows on the right hand side of which you can see the fountain, and the doors to some deans' offices on the left and side; please follow this floor right through to its end, i.e. untill you are in "Thomas-Mann-Halle" (→ sketch of where to go).
  4. Now you can enter the library (if it's opened).

Most of the books previously located in Ludwigstr. 31/IV now can be found on the rd (=top) floor of the new library, in the region labeled "3. OG West": in the last room of that region, on the middle of the left hand side.

Attention please: When the reshelving was done in the new library not all of the books were shelved near the books were you'd expect them to stand according to heir shelfmark. If you don't find at once what you are looking for: please search the whole shelf plus a few shelves above and below the shelf where you'd expeted the book to be.

All (or at least most) of the books acquired by our library after January 2004 are not located in this new location fot the books we acquired up to 2003, but in the main part of the new library, where the books are shelfed according to a Bacarian standrad clasification, the "Regensburger Verbundklassifikation" (RVK). There (and with new shelfmarks) you should also look for books which were (with shelfmarks of our "old" library) on the recent acquisitions shelfes of our old library when the relocation was done.

the places in Regensburger Verbundklassifikation (RVK), which are used in the new library and which might be of special interest to those looking for material of potential relevance for studies on renaissance intellectual history are these:

For quite some time you should use several (electronic) catalogues for your search:

  1. OPAC of Munich university library:
    • Recent acquisitions of Bibliothek Theologie-Philosophie are signalled here as holdings with a shelfmark that starts with "0100&.
    • plus: also in that library: all of the books with a shelfmark starting with "0101" to "0115" or "0117" and/or "0207" and/or "1003" (these are the books acquired by us prior to January 2004.
    • The OPAC of Munich unversity library has the floowing advantages:
      • Good bibliographic standard
      • recent acquisitions (everything acquired February 2004 or later and many items acquired n january 2004) are catalogued only here (and in BVB)
      • Information about holdings in that library which were not acquired by us.
      • Some of the holdings can be found using RSWK keywords.
  2. OPAC of the previous library of Seminar für Geistesgeschichte und Philosophie der Renaissance:
    • In spite of some constraints this catalogue has the following advantages:
      • you can find selected papers from journals and collected articles volumes in this catalogue
      • this database has entries for some books and microforms for wich there are no records n the Munich university library OPAC
      • for many entries there are "irregular" notes concerning then contents of the corresponding items; thes notes sometimes permit you to find things you might not have found otherwise
      • the user interface is very simple
  3. OPAC des Bibliotheksverbunds Bayern (Bavarian union catalogue): It does not contain inforamtion about Munich unversity librarioes' holdings which are not acvesible via the Munich university library OPAC, but it has a different search interface.

Just for documentation (we did learn from the historians, didn't we?):

→ our previous information concerning our library