The scientific literature of the University Library is supplemented by special collections (a total of approx. 200,000 media units). All these special collections, including several former private and scholars’ libraries, can be used in the library and borrowed for the most part.

Special Collections in the Closed Stacks

Former “Wehrbereichsbibliothek VI”

The “Wehrbereichsbibliothek VI” (WBB) was founded in 1956 as a special library of the Bundeswehr to supply military district VI (Wehrbereich VI, congruent with the Free State of Bavaria) with specialized literature.

This mission determined its collecting spheres: Bundeswehr, security and military policy, military technology, military and contemporary history, history, and, in general, literature having to do with military. A regional, especially regional and historical Bavarian focus was added.

When the universities of the Bundeswehr were founded in 1973, the WBB was assigned to the University Library of the Bundeswehr University Munich (UB UniBw M).

The holdings of the WBB have been continously expanded and comprise around 140,000 volumes in 2019. They are a valuable supplement to the scientific collections of the University Library.

XXL Maps And Atlases

Atlases and maps which, because of their large format, cannot be displayed in the open access sections in building 35/200, are also in the closed stacks. With a few exceptions (e.g. atlases with loose single sheets) they can also be borrowed.

Former Private and Scholars’ Libraries

The holdings of the University Library also include complete collections and libraries acquired on special request of individual departments.
Titles from these special collections are marked with "From the library of ..." and can therefore also be searched for in our OPAC, e.g. writings by Immanuel Kant from the Ebbinghaus Library:
Author/Ed. ="Kant, Immanuel" and Basic search="Bibliothek Ebbinghaus".

Library of Hermann and Julius Ebbinghaus

Professor Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909): Psychologist, founder of experimental memory research

Professor Julius Ebbinghaus (1885-1981): philosopher and political scientist

Acquired: 1982 and 2017

Subjects: Theoretical Philosophy, Philosophy of Law and State, Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Aesthetics

Size: 1,874 volumes

Setup site: stacks (no open access)

The Julius Ebbinghaus Archive is located in the Kant Research Center of Trier University.

All titles can be found here.

Library of Harald Vocke

Harald Vocke (1927-2007): Diplomat and journalist

Acquired: 1988

Subjects: History, politics and regional studies of the Near and Middle East

Size: 813 volumes

Setup site: stacks (no open access)

The literary remains of Harald Vocke are located in the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient.

All titles can be found here.

Library of Reinhard Schaeder

Professor Reinhard Schaeder (1905-1980): Economic politician and administrative scientist

Acquired: 1979

Subjects: Politics, administrative sciences, sociology

Size: approx. 2,400 volumes

Setup site: stacks (no open access)

All titles can be found here.

Library by Ernst Deuerlein

Professor Ernst Deuerlein (1918-1971): Historian and political scientist

Acquired: 1974

Subjects: History, contemporary history, politics

Size: about 2,600 volumes

Setup site: partly open access, partly stacks 

All titles can be found here.

Library of Dieter Meichsner

Dieter Meichsner (1928-2010): Writer, dramatic adviser and screenwriter

Acquired: 2011

Subjects: Indochina War, Vietnam War

Size: 380 volumes

Setup site: stacks (no open access)

The Dieter Meichsner Archive is located in the Akademie der Künste Berlin.

All titles can be found here.

Library of Peter Christian Ludz

Professor Peter Christian Ludz (1931-1979): Political scientist and sociologist

Acquired: 1982

Subjects: Politics and society with a focus on the GDR

Size: The Ludz library was not acquired in its entirety. The University Library of the UniBw M holds approx. 4,000 of a total of approx. 5,000 volumes.

Setup site: stacks (no open access). The original classified shelving system has been retained.

All titles can be found here.


Library of William Anderson

Professor William Anderson (1888-1975): American political scientist

Acquired: 1977

Subject: American political literature

Size: 2,479 volumes

Setup site: stacks (no open access).

You can find all titles here.

Library of Ludwig Bölkow

Ludwig Bölkow (1912-2003): aerospace engineer and entrepreneur

The Ludwig Bölkow Campus Ottobrunn is named after the Honorary Doctor of the Bundeswehr University Munich (1987).

Acquired: 2018

Subjects: aerospace, technical and contemporary history and other topics

Size: about 430 volumes

Setup site: stacks (no open access).

All titles can be found here.


Rare and old writings

The approximately 3,700 most valuable volumes from all scientific fields are housed in a specially equipped section of the magazine.
They can be searched for and ordered via the OPAC, but may only be viewed in the library's reading room under supervision.
The signatures start with Sep /.

The oldest works date back to the year 1512: "Geographia" and "Cosmographia" by Pomponius Mela and "De situ Orbis sive geographia" by Dionysius of Alexandria (also known as Dionysios Periegetes).
Geography and cosmography are represented by other early books and atlases, among others the six-volume edition of "Toonneel des aerdrycx, ofte nieuwe atlas" (1648-1655) by Willem Janszoon Blaeu, the most expensive book of the 17th century.
For the history of astronomy the "Sfera del mondo" (1595) by Alessandro Piccolomini, the first printed star atlas, and the "Tabulae Rudolphinae" (1627) by Johannes Kepler are of great importance.
The oldest book on military affairs is the "Schola militaris moderna" (1665) by Georg Andreas Böckler.
Historically important journals for science are among others the "Journal des Scavans" (1665-1776), the first scientific journal in Europe, the "Philosophical transactions" of the Royal Society (1751-1799) and the "Acta eruditorum" (1682-1736), the most important scientific journal in Germany in the 17th century.