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.

The library holdings are organised according to an individual systematic. The location and call number can be found via our catalogue.
Main groups
A Chemistry
B Biochemistry, Biophysics
C Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Genetics
D Immunology
E Zoology and Botany
F Medicine
G Cancer Research
H Neurosciences
K Systems Biology
M Mathematics
N Informatics, Data Processing
P Physics
T Methods and their Theoretical Basis
Y Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and similar Books
Z Miscellaneous

Book Lending
If you identify a lendable book from a search of the Library Catalogue, and wish to borrow it, you should use the borrowing slip.
The borrowing slip is color-coded: the first sheet (yellow) is for you as a reminder, the second and third sheet (white) put in the box.
Please write clearly, especially your name.

Renewing & Reserving
Usually the books can be borrowed for four weeks. If you still need the book at the end of loan period you should ask the library for it to be renewed. If the item you require is shown to be out on loan at the time of your search, your librarian will be able to reserve it for you and it will be posted to you as soon as it is available.

Closed stack areas
If the item you would like to borrow is kept in the magazine A you need to fill in an order slip. Request form for closed collection A
If the item is available, then if the request ist made by noon (Monday - Friday) it usually can be collected after 2:00 p.m., otherwise it will be available the next working day.

Books can be left on the book cart in the lower level. If the book has been recalled, please hand it to a staff member.

Damaged or Lost Library Items
Books borrowed by YOU are YOUR responsibility even if you have now passed them to another user. The borrower will be charged the cost of replacement for any book which has been lost, seriously defaced or annotated in any way. In case of loss or damage to borrowed books or supplements, please contact the library staff.

Inter-Library Lending
If books are not available in the library they can be ordered via inter-library lending.
Books and especially articles can also be ordered via subito.

Are there any questions left? Please contact the library team.

Recommend a Purchase

Is there literature you cannot find at the Library and would like us to purchase? You can send us your suggestions to We will then decide whether the book can be purchased, depending on the budget and the acquisition profile. Please understand that we cannot meet every acquisition request.
If you want to purchase a book for your department we need an authorized order with the department account.

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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