The Karl Thomas Library is open around the clock for staff and guests of the Institute. External users can use it during the opening hours (Mo-Fr, 9am-4pm)

The library is equipped with terminal providing access to all journals, electronic books and databases subscribed by Max Planck Society. At the remaining workspaces, you can use your own devices. Our public WIFI networks (eduroam/GuestOnCampus) cover the entire library. Vouchers for guests are available at the reception.

Selected current journals are available as print media. A larger archive of scientific journals, serial books and monographs is available in the basement of the library.

As a pure reference library, it is not possible for external users to borrow these print media. However, feel free to copy and print anything you need. You will find all books, series books and printed journals in the online catalogue. In addition, you can access almost all offers via the website (Bibservices).


Please observe the valid Corona rules of the Max Planck Institute (mask/safety distance) also at your workplace in the library !

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