About the Library


Explore the library's holdings and literature from a collection of relevant external databases via CORE, our custom search engine.


Access the library's licensed resources and databases while away from the institute. GO is available to members of the institute only.

Access to the Library for external users

The library is a reference library and publications cannot be taken out. While it primarily serves the information needs of the institutional members, the library is open to researchers from all over the world who work at or visit the Institute.

Unaffiliated users may get access for a single request (no workplace) if the literature is not available elsewhere. Please contact the library first before your visit: biblio@coll.mpg.de


Using a touch screen: JournalTouch makes access to latest electronic journals engaging and intuitive. Users are able to catch up on recently published articles and send them to their own devices.

JournalTouch is available for institute members only.JournalTouch is an open source tool, designed to be used as well as expanded by the interested library community.

Access to journals? E-only: More and more libraries shift away from print journal subscriptions. This makes the presenting shelf for new issues less interesting, and this popular meeting place becomes less frequented. JournalTouch is an approach to reinvigorate this bare space as a digital news-shelf.

Open Source Code in GitHub

JournalTouch was awarded the "Zukunftsgestalter in Bibliotheken 2015" prize.

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