The library supplies printed and electronic media and information in the scientific fields of condensed matter, finite systems, electronic correlations, biological physics and nonlinear time series analysis as well as in related scientific subjects, thus meeting the needs of the institute's research profile.

Currently, our library stock consists of about 5200 monographs, 16.800 bound journal volumes and 42 scientific journal subscriptions (print and online) and will be extended by ~ 52.000 online journals and ~540.000 e-books licensed by MPG.
See more information under Research.

Printed scientific literature is located on the first floor of the library except a part of our reference collection which is located in the reading room in the main building on the 2nd floor. The books are arranged by subjects.

Subject overview


To borrow printed books, you need a library card. You can get it in the library during the opening hours. After registration you can borrow the books via the self-check system 24h a day. The lending period is unlimited despite the due date on the receipt. You have to return the books at the latest before you leave the institute.

Outside researchers can use the collection during opening hours; but borrowing is not possible.

Please see our Library Regulations.

Request resources from other libraries

If books or journals are not available in our library, they can be ordered from another library within Germany or from anywhere in the world

Article request
Articles which are not in the library collection or licensed by the MPS can be requested directly within the database by-menu and the “Request this document via your local library” option.

You can also use our form.

Book request
Books you only need for a limited period of time can be requested as an Interlibrary Loan from another library. You can also order copies of several chapters (pdf).

Please use our form for your request.

Offline usage of eBooks

There are different conditions to use eBooks offline. Most of consortia eBooks (source MPG eBooks) are available without any limit in access and download. Institutional eBooks are under different terms and conditions. So they could be limited in multiple access and offline usage. Some eBooks have a special DRM code and can only be downloaded with Adobe Digital Design. To use the program Adobe Digital Edition on your workstation, please contact the computer service.

Use of electronic resources from outside

Employees of the institute are able to use licensed resources like databases, eJournals and eBooks from outside our IP range. For this, you can use our Remote Access. After login with your pks/ cluster username and password, you get an overview of all licensed resources. You can also use direct links to the following pattern:

Another option is a VPN access which must be created by the computer service.

Printing, Scanning, Copying

In the ground floor of the library there is a multifunctional device to copy, scan and print for free, as well as a book scanner. Scans can be sent by e-mail, save on a UBS stick or directly printed out. Detailed instructions are next to the device.

Feel free to contact the library staff with any questions you have.

Language collection

We offer a special language collection (located in the ground floor) with books for our institutes German course, books for IELTS, dictionaries and other language courses

Most of the books are available for loan.