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Staatsbibliothek is the German word for State (in the context of "government") Library with legal deposit responsibilities. It is typically a term applied to the historic National Libraries of the former Kingdoms, now States of Germany (Länder). A similar term is Landesbibliothek, however that more accurately translates "Regional Library" or "State (in the context of provincial) Library".

For a list of the official library of each State of Germany, see State libraries of Germany.

Among the libraries named Staatsbibliothek are:[1]

Stadtbibliothek means "City Library" and is not accurate in the above context. All major cities in German-speaking countries have these and some have legal deposit requirements also, for the cities in which they are located. Large examples of include:

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  1. ^ Bibliotheken mit Pflichtexemplar in Deutschland. DBI, Berlin 1995 (Aufstellung über alle Pflichtexemplarbibliotheken und die historische Aufteilung der Pflichtexemplare in Deutschland)