Library of the Max Planck Institutes Martinsried

Library of the Max Planck Institutes Martinsried

The library of the Max Planck Institutes Martinsried is a specialized scientific library. The collection focuses are oriented to the research topics of the departments and research groups of the institutes.

As a joint service facility for the two neighbouring Max Planck Institutes of Biochemistry and for Biological Intelligence the task of the special scientific library is to support research at the two institutes in the best possible way and with efficient service. For this purpose, the library provides printed and electronic media as well as information for basic research in the fields of biochemistry, cell and structural biology and neurosciences as well as biomedical research. The stock of around 20,000 specialist books is supplemented by the institute's own university publications and an extensive stock of MPG-licensed e-books, scientific journals and databases.

The library's services include the procurement of literature via interlibrary loan, information on open access and the administration of the publications of the scientists (MPG.PuRe).

The library is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the employees of both institutes. Scientifically interested visitors can only use the institute library after prior agreement by telephone or e-mail.


 Local online catalogue - lists the library collection

BrowZine - “Journal shelve”: lists all electronic journals licensed centrally or locally

MPG.eBooks - lists about 650,000 centrally licensed e-books from publishers like Springer, Wiley, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and many more, also DIN, ISO and VDI standards

Publication Repository MPG.PuRe - records publications of Max Planck scientists in general, mainly journal articles but also PhD and diploma theses, book chapters, conference papers

Web of Science - multidisciplinary literature database licensed for Max Planck researchers

PubMed - free, extensive database for biomedical literature

LibKey Nomad - browser extension for Firefox, Chrome, Edge, Brave, Vivaldi and Safari browsers.  LibKey Nomad connects researchers to library-licensed and open access full text articles referenced on scholarly websites like PubMed, Wikipedia and publisher pages.

Resource Navigator MPG.ReNa - lists and describes more than 400 accessible information resources like databases, digital collections, reference works and journal collections licensed for the Max Planck Society

Press in MPG.ReNa - FAZ, New York Times and other centrally licensed newspapers, magazines and journalistic content


Intranet MAX (for institute members only)

On our intranet MAX you will find further information about, e.g.

  • Working in the library
  • Searching and finding information and literature
  • Ordering and borrowing books
  • Open Access / Copyright / Publishing

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