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In order to preserve printed collections, academic libraries need sufficient storage capacities and favourable storage conditions. This chapter will focus on one of the outstanding examples of such a storage library in Germany, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Speicherbibliothek/Bavarian Storage Facility Garching. The storage library in Garching was built to serve as an auxiliary stack building for the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek/Bavarian State Library. With an acquisition rate of up to 140,000 volumes per year, the Bavarian State Library was forced to move substantial portions of its holdings to off-site locations, away from the main library building in the Munich city centre. The chosen location was Garching, a northern suburb, where the storage library lies in close proximity to other research institutions and is part of one of the largest research campuses in Germany. Designed as an industrial building, the Garching buildings are a modular and extensible storage facility which features compact mobile shelving systems. The first building was finished in 1988, the second building in 2005, while a third building has been approved for funding and is expected to be finished in the early 2020s. The chapter describes the genesis and development of the Bavarian Storage Facility Garching, emphasising the necessity for long-term government funding.