Library information & Contact

Terms of Use during the Corona Pandemic

-> Access only for members of the institutes with ID; the library remains closed to visitors until further notice

General rules
• Library users are obliged to wear a mouth and nose cover in the library, except at the workplaces and in the study rooms.
• The mandatory safety distance of at least 1.50 m and compliance with the well-known hygiene rules apply throughout the library.
• Access to the library is not permitted 14 days after a stay abroad. Access is also not permitted in the case of a confirmed infection or symptoms of respiratory diseases.

Members of the institute may use the library with the following restrictions:

  • Wash or disinfect hands before entering the library.
  • Staying outside the marked areas is prohibited.
  • In the library are 10 workplaces to use: 5 workplaces in the reading room, 1 workplace in the group room, 2 workplaces in the cubicles upstairs and 2 workplaces in the cubicles downstairs. Workplaces not to be used are blocked.
  • The study rooms can be used by 1 person each. The allocation takes place by the library. A reservation via library is required before.
  • Keep your own documents and tools to a minimum.
  • Please wash or disinfect your hands after leaving the library.

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Information for Newbies and Visitors

The library is staffed Mon-Thur 09.30-15.00 and closed on Public holidays. Note that service hours may sometimes change at short notice. If travelling to visit the library you are advised to check with the library to confirm details.

Using the library for MPIs Biochemistry & Neurobiology staff & guests

For members and guests of both institutes the library is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Before starting to use the library please contact the to make an appointment for a short introduction to our library system and a tour of the library.

Using the library for external visitors

External users can use the library only by appointment. Please contact us by e-mail or phone in advance.
Borrowing of books outside the institute is not permitted, though a scanner is available free of charge.
Visitors can use the internet with only their own notebook via WLAN. Guest accounts - passport or ID card provided - can be obtained in the library.

Contact: Tel.: 85783800 E-mail: library(at)

Studying and Working in the Library / WLAN

We offer in our reading room a peaceful atmosphere for concentrated learning and working. Moreover, computer workstations are available , which can be used for searching. By equipping with WLAN can also be accessed with the own notebook on Internet applications in the library.

Studyrooms / Cubicles

The Library provides 9 individual rooms for quiet study and for preparing your thesis. The rooms are individually lockable and equipped with desk, chair, and power supply and internet connection. The period of use is up to two months, extension possible. A study room is available to students and staff members of both institutes.
The study rooms must be reserved before use. Unfortunately, waiting times are long; so, applying early is advisable. Responsibility for the room lies with the patron who reserves the room.

Interested in a study? Simply book by email We will check when the next room is available for you and inform you about the next steps.

In addition, the Library offers 9 cubicles with a sealable container in the upper and lower shelf hall. The carrels are for short-term use and available on a first come, first served basis.

Alternatively, you can always use the free workplaces in the reading room.
Enjoy a quiet learning environment in the library!

Workstations / WLAN

The library provides 3 computers that can be used for literature search and scientific work. All computers can only be accessed by institutional account.

2 computers - one in the reading room, one downstairs - are for members of the MPI Biochemistry who have an account in the Computing Centre of the MPIB.

Members of MPI Neurobiology have to use the marked computer in the reading room with their own account to get direct access to the intranet of their own institute.

Guests can use the internet with their own notebook via WLAN. Guest accounts - passport or ID card provided - can be obtained in the library.

Off-site access via VPN (only for members of the institutes)

The mpibLAN is protected by a firewall so that direct access to particular services (e.g. EJournals) of the Library of the Max Planck Institutes Martinsried is not possible.
To use VPN connections you need a user name (unix user name and password) and you must install the client. To find out more please use this link Computing Centre

Need help with the WLAN/LAN? Visit Computing Centre -Network & IT Security

Copying, Scanning

The library provides 1 photocopier available for copying per code (members of the institutes).
Printouts costs 10 cents per page, payable at the information desk. A collaboration with scientists of the Martinsrieder Institute does not substantiate any free copy / printouts. Receipts are not issued.
The integrated scanner will produce PDF files for free which can be sent through email.

The user is responsible for adhering to the copyright law when copying out of books or journals, and when using digital media.

About the library

On the 1. October 2004 the Library of the Max-Planck-Institutes Martinsried was founded. It was formed out of the amalgamation of the formerly independent libraries of the Institute of Biochemistry and the Institute of Neurobiology and serves both institutes. As a special library for natural science its main function is to have the scientific literature of the research areas in the institutes as up-to-date and as complete as possible in a reference library.
The library supports the scientific work of the institutes via an optimal supply of literature and information. Today we have about 45.000 books and bound journal volumes in our library. The scientists have access to more than 30.000 online journals as well as the most reference databases for their research.

Are there any questions left? Please contact the us

Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry and Neurobiology
Am Klopferspitz 18
D-82152 Martinsried

Phone: +49 (89) 8578 3800/3801
Fax: +49 (89) 8578 2242

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