The Bavarian State Library has opened in the virtual
3-D world of Second Life. Bokowsky and Laymann have
designed an exact copy of architect Friedrich von
Gärtner’s historic building complex. The library's new
home, the “Insel der Information (Island of information)” in Second Life promises
to offer visitors a wide variety of information and
Information and educational sites in Second Life are becoming
increasingly important and are starting to appear alongside the many
companies already there. Trends in social networking, edutainment
and the proliferation of three-dimensional virtual worlds in the
entertainment industry are helping to define the learning and
communication environments of the students of the future. The 450 year-old Bavarian state library, considered as one of the most
important libraries in the world, decided to go ahead with the “island of
information“ project in order to be among the first to test the new 3-D
The Bavarian state library's virtual presence consists of an almost exact
replica of the historic library building. The layout and exterior of the
Gärtner building and extension are true to scale to the original building.
The recently renovated historic stairway, the Fürstensaal, the Friedrich
von Gärtner hall and the Marble Hall are all exact copies of the original.
Especially impressive is the grand staircase, the library’s beautiful centrepiece
that has been reproduced down to the last detail..
In the Fürstensaal, you can see a number of valuable manuscripts and
historical prints from the state library’s collection. Visitors can even leaf
through the pages of these valuable tomes, something they wouldn’t be
able to do in real life. And there are additional valuable exhibits on show
in the reading room, which is also true to the original room located in
Ludwigsstrasse in Munich.
You can find information about the range of services provided by the Bavarian
State Library on the SL State library And regular exhibitions at the
State Library will, in future, be accessible via Second Life to a worldwide
audience. The first of these exhibitions has already opened and is an
anniversary exhibition about the 450 year history of the BSB.
The virtual state library is set to become a place for communication and
encounter - just like its real-world counterpart. The building will not only
serve as a place for seminars and conferences for virtual-world events
and talks, but will also have a café where people can meet for a chat. In
addition, the visitor will even find a square in the library's grounds where
“boules” can be played.
„Second Life for us is not an end in itself but rather a significant and
most practical platform on which to experiment with three-dimensional
internet technology. We believe that in five to ten years time the 3-D web
will represent the future of the internet and therefore we would like to
experiment early on, in order to see which of our digital services are
suitable to be converted into a meta-universe.“
Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, executive vice-president of the Bavarian State Library
Insel der Information The Bavarian State Library in Second Life
The gem of the BSB: Recently renovated historic stairway.
Flip through historical prints Something visitors wouldn't be able to do in real life.