About the library

About the library

The library of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is a scientific research library and the central information resource of the institute. Researchers and visiting fellows of our institute may use the complete services of the library 24 hours a day. The librarians are available from Monday  to Thursday  8.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. and on Friday 8.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m.

Currently the collection comprises about 17,000 books. Additionally you have access to about 30,000 electronic journals in the Electronic Journal Library. The library’s book collection is complemented by online databases which provide full-text access to primary and secondary sources worldwide.  The online catalogue OPAC lists the entire literature holdings of the library including books, journals as well as all articles published by the members of our institute.

Book suggestions

Suggestions for new acquisitions are appreciated at any time. Please send your requests directly to .

Publications of co-workers

Bibliographical data of the institute’s publications are archived in the Max Planck Society publication repository PuRe. In order to keep it up to date, we need your input – please inform us as soon as a publication has been accepted for publication by sending us an email with the bibliographical details.

Interlibrary loan

It is possible to order literature by interlibrary loan. Please send the biographical information to . Alternatively, submit your requests for interlibrary documents directly from databases (e.g. Web of Science) by pressing the SFX button.

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