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It is in no small part thanks to private commitment and our circle of friends in the course of the centuries, that our  library has been able to build up such a rich and unique collection: we repeatedly receive lifetime and posthumous bequests, manuscripts, correspondence, music autographs, rare books, special prints and much more in the form of a donation, endowment, inheritance or bequest. With money donations - whether of small or large amounts – we are able to “top up” our budget for acquisitions or to secure that extra special piece at auctions and in shops specialising in antiquities. Equally welcome to us are Non-cash contributions: To give a few examples, two scientific publishing houses donated their valuable archives to us, one company provided the technology for a conference, another assumed the transport work and yet another provided the financing to buy materials for the restoration workshop.