The library of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems provides literature and information services for the institute's scientific staff. The library contains books reflecting the institute's research fields and collects literature on related scientific subjects. Members of the institute can use the library 24 hours a day. External researchers and students may use the library during opening hours.


Vivien Scherr (Librarian)

p.p. Katja Zimmer


+49 (0)351 871 1900

telefax:+49 (0)351 871 1099
mail: library[at]pks.mpg(dot)de


Service hours


8.30 am - 3.30 pm


8.30 am - 3.00 pm


8.30 am - 2.30 pm



Open Access

Use 1Findr to find contents in both "peer-reviewed" journals and freely available as green or gold open access.

Learn more aboput the central agreements of the Max Planck Society covering Article Processing Charges:

Searchable List of Open Access Journal Titles with central APC payment

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Article request

Articles which are not in the library collection or licensed by the MPS can be requested.

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Book request

Books you only need for a limited period of time can be requested as an Interlibrary Loan from another library.

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