New option: Document delivery from the Bavarian State Library (GEBAY)

The Bavarian State Library (OCLC symbol GEBAY) and ImageWare have partnered to provide a fast, easy way for WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad users worldwide to print documents they purchase from the Bavarian State Library.  The new option, MyBib eL®, is a platform that supports adherence to the European copyright act by enabling borrowing libraries to print a single copy of requested documents. 

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Bavarian State Library, is the central "Landesbibliothek", i. e. the state library of the Free State of Bavaria and one of Europe's most important universal libraries.  As the central state library and repository library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is the leading manager of "Bayerische Landesbibliothek Online", the central arts and humanities portal on the history and culture of Bavaria. This library accepts requests for documents through WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad. Print access to documents from GEBAY through the new myBib eL® online site expands the existing delivery of hard copy documents by the Bavarian State Library.

Resources in the Bavarian State Library are identified in WorldCat with the OCLC symbol GEBAY.  When Interlibrary Loan librarians locate a GEBAY document they wish to purchase, they can initiate the request through WorldCat Resource Sharing or ILLiad.  To request print access for a document requested from GEBAY, borrowing library staff should enter “MyBib eL®” in the “Ship via:” field of their interlibrary loan request. Libraries that request documents from GEBAY and register for printing via MyBib eL® receive email notification when the document is available for printing.  In order to comply with European copyright, documents cannot be viewed online or downloaded.

The new MyBib eL® delivery option was developed in consultation with interlibrary loan staffs at the following OCLC member libraries:

  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Middlebury College
  • Northwestern University
  • The Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • University of Chicago

Additional information

Details about how to use the MyBib eL® printing option for documents from the Bavarian State Library are available in the ImageWare documentation, “Using MyBib eL® for delivering documents through WorldCat Resource Sharing”.

Questions about use of MyBib eL® should be directed to the Bavarian State Library at:

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek/Bavarian State Library (
Ludwigstrasse 16
Muenchen, D-80539

E-mail (Loans):

E-mail (Copies):