Project OCR-D, funded by DFG

Virtual reconstruction of the East Asia Collection

Project object

In 2013, the granting of funds by the Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM) and a cooperation with the Biblioteka Jagiellońska in Krakow, Poland, made it possible for the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin to take the first important steps towards a virtual reconstruction of the old East Asia collection of the Prussian State Library. After the end of the Second World War, a third of the old East Asia collection, with around 1,300 numbers in approx. 20,000 volumes, was stored on Polish territory and was brought to Krakow to the Biblioteka Jagiellońska. In a first step, the collection was almost completely digitised in 2013. The digitised material is currently being used to catalogue the holdings in a way that meets today's requirements. So far, just over 1,360 titles have been catalogued, 1,280 of which can already be viewed in the Digital Collections of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

Project term

2013 (completed) 

Project participant(s)

Biblioteka Jagiellońska


Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien (BKM)


Matthias Kaun
East Asia - Southeastasia - Centralasia
Head of department
phone: +49 30 266 436 000
Staatsbbibliothekzu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz

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CrossAsia Berlin-Krakow