Opening hours

Members of both institutes are allowed to use the library 24 hours 7 days a week with their institute card.

External users can use the library by appointment. Please contact us via email or telephone.

Quick Access

Using the library

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The library of the MPIs Martinsried is a reference library containing specialized scientific literature.
The books , series and journals in the reading room, on the upper and lower levels, and in the magazine T are openly accessible. The closed Magazine A and the Archive 3 contain older and valuable literature. For that it is necessary to contact the library team.
The library catalog covers the central collection, as well the departmental libraries of the MPI for Biochemistry and the MPI for Neurobiology.

About Borrowing

For external visitors no lending is possible, they can use library materials only here locally. Only employees of both institutions can borrow books at the campus.

About Ordering

In accordance with the bookkeeping regulations of the MPG books should, in general, be ordered and bought via the library, as all books that have been bought with institute funds (including PS BIOC accounts) have to be numbered in the inventory and catalogued. This is the responsibility of the library. In addition, we have special terms and can save up to 21% of the price and pay no postage.
Each department has appointed a representative who is in charge of the departmental library, and who authorizes all book orders and sends them to us. We have an order form which has to be signed by this representative.
Books needed urgently can, of course, be ordered by phone or email

Special collection "Dissertationen"

One of the tasks of the library is the archiving of the publications of the institutes. According to § 5 para. 4 of the library policy members of the institute who publish officially, must submit a copy of the publication for the archive of the library.

PhD-Thesis / Thesis*
Please give us your publication in printed or/and electronic form (PDF). The PDF can be submitted to the library as a CD-ROM or sent to
The theses in all formats (print or online) are listed in the library catalogue. The electronic version is also archived on the document server (PuRe) of the MPG. There it is freely available via internet for non-commercial use.

*Definition: A PhD-Thesis is a text or aggregation of items to reach the doctoral degree. A thesis is a text or aggregation of items to reach a master or diploma degree, this includes the German "Magister", "Master", "Diplom" and "Staatsexamen".

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