Finding books and using the library
Here you will find information about how to find literature, user account, inter-library loan, borrowing and forms to order articles and books or suggest new books to buy for our collection.
The library holdings are organised according to an individual systematic. The location and book signatures can be found via our catalogue. The library does not lend whole issues of journals, but you are welcome to take copies or scan the articles needed. Holdings in the library are openly accessible for the institute staff.
The first place you should take a look, is wether we have the title here at the Institute:
If a book is not in the library, you should check out the MPG.eBooks catalogue for the eBook-Version. There is a collection of up to 800.000 eBooks there, so it's possible that the book you're looking for, are there. If so, you can just download it as a PDF or read it online.
Inter-library loan / Buying books
If these searches until now did not give you any result, consider an inter-library loan. Contact your friendly librarian. The book would be delivered right to the institute for you. if you think that we should buy the book for the library, please fill out the form on the left side, "Suggestion for a new book purchase".
Please check the MPG.eBook catalogue first to see if you find it there.
An extra database of eBooks for our institute only. The eBooks here have to be bought in to the collection of our institute library. You have to register for an account and afterwards you can make requests and suggestions for purchase.
User account for the library
New members of the institute are welcome to open up an account. If you want to borrow books, you need an account. After registration you will get a confirmation email with all the information needed about using the library.
Renewing your loans:
Go to "Borrower information" and login with your ID-number and password. Under "Loans" you will find the list of borrowed books. Please mark the titles that you want to renew and then click on the "Renew" button. You can renew each book up to three times, if no one else have reserved the book. After that, the book have to be returned to the library. If you have lost your ID-number, please contact the librarian. Members of the staff can keep books for up to six months, guests and undergraduates for four weeks.
The library has relocated to the Villa. You will need to use your transponder to get into the library. Please disinfect your hands before entering the library.
The rules on hygiene, distance and wearing of mouthmasks still apply.
Please write down the books you want to borrow, using the "Borrowing List" by the entrance (you already know them). Put the filled forms into the green box.
Returning books: Please put them in the mailbox "Bibliothek" by the entrance.