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Information about our library and access to monographs, journals and electronic resources

Contact information

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Librarian:  Anu Hirvonen, Tel. +49(0)228-402-252
In case of absence: Andrea Kohlhuber, Tel. 402 305/243

Should you need any help at any point, just ask for assistance. The Library staff office (room 306) is situated near the entrance to the library, and we are more than happy to help you. Alternatively, you can send us an email.

Open Access

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The Max Planck Society and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics actively endorse open access of research publications. If you publish under the MPIM-affliation your article processing charges might be covered by central funds from MPDL, or you can apply for a MPIM grant. For more information talk to the librarian or read more below.

General Information and policies

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The MPIM library is a special library mainly serving the needs of scientific staff and guests of the Institute.  The library collection includes books, journals, e-books, e-journals and databases. The library has also three daily newspapers in print: General Anzeiger, International New York Times and Süddeutsche Zeitung. Guests have also access to the Online version of International New York Times.


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Online catalogue – search for printed books or individual eBook titles
                Help! How to search and locate a book
E-book packages

The library functions mainly as a reference library and it is strictly forbidden to take any of the books or journals out of the building. You may, however, borrow books or journals to your office.
If the resource you need for your research is not held by the MPIM library, you can make an interlibrary loan request, suggest that we buy the title or check other local libraries.

Printed and electronic journals

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Printed journals – current subscriptions and historical holdings
Electronic Journals – access to the electronic versions

If the resource you need for your research is not held by the MPIM library, you can make an interlibrary loan request by email or by filling out the form on the library homepage.<--break->

Databases and e-resources

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MathSciNet– mathematical sciences database by AMS
Zentralblatt MATH (zbMATH) -  pure and applied mathematics database
Web of Science - scientific citation indexing service with a comprehensive citation search
E-books by AMS, Springer and MPDL(Max Planck Society wide e-resources)
Remote access to e-resources

Hirzebruch Collection

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A media archive that collects documents, images, videos, and other resources related to the work and life of the MPIM's founding director Prof. Dr. Friedrich Hirzebruch (1927-2012). As the project is still ongoing, contributions of original documents such as personal photographs or video recordings of talks are welcome.

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