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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 contact the librarian.

The Max Planck Society has central agreements with several publishers and your open access charges are covered automatically, if you fill certain requirements. Check the searchable list of elligible journals here; these include Inventiones, GAFA, Math. Ann., Math. Z., Comm. Math. Phys., Eur. J. Math., Geom. Dedicata, Israel J. Math., Lett. Math. Phys., Manuscripta Math., Selecta Math. and Ramanujan J.

You can also make an application to cover the article processing charges from institute funds. MPIM Open Access policy supports publishing in Gold standard journals like Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. Ser. B.

Remember that some journals (more information available through SHERPA/ROMEO) permit their authors to put the final, refereed version of their paper on or make all articles freely available after a certain time.
If you have any questions about Open Access, please contact the librarian Anu Hirvonen.


General Information and policies

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The library currently holds around 18 000 monographs and conference proceedings, as well as subscriptions to over 200 print journals. In addition, users have access to electronic journals and books as well as databases both locally and remotely.

The library's book and journal collection reflect the working areas of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics and thus the following subfields are particularly represented in the collection of the library: algebraic groups, arithmetic geometry, number theory, representation theory, algebraic and complex geometry, differential geometry and topology, algebraic topology, global analysis, non-commutative geometry, dynamic systems and mathematical physics.

Through the cooperation of the Institutes within the Max Planck Society, MPIM is able to offer e-resources wide outside its core fields. The listing of those e-resources can be found

Floor plan and locations
The lower floor of the library houses the book and journal collections. See the
floor map to find out where to find individual resources.
The top floor offers comfortable seating and a quiet atmosphere for study, reading, and reflection.

Library regulations

1. General Information
a) The library of Max Planck Institute for Mathematics (hereinafter: library) is a scientific special library whose library collection reflects the working areas of the institute.
b) The library primarily serves the scientists of the institute in their search for scientific information.
c) The use of the library is governed by these library regulations.

2. Authorized users
a) Users of the library are the employees of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics as well as scholarship holders and guests of the institute.
b) Other persons may use the library for scientific research during the opening hours of the institute.

3. Borrowing and returning loans
a) The MPIM library is a reference library and that is why all borrowed library material must stay on the premises.
b) It is strictly forbidden to take any library material out of the institute.
c) The institute entrance card doubles as library card, and this enables guests borrowing library material using the self-service terminal in the library. The entrance card will be automatically activated as library card on the first day of a guest visit, provided that the person has borrowing privileges.
d) No library material shall be taken out of the library until the loan has been correctly recorded.
e) The normal loan period for items borrowed is three months. For shorter visits, the loan period is shortened accordingly, and thus reflects the length of the individual visit. All loans will expire on the last day of the visit at the latest.
f) Any library book may be recalled while on loan if required by another user, and this is done by e-mail. All recalled items should be returned to the library staff within max. 3 days. In urgent cases the library reserves the right to remove any items on loan from the offices even before the due date. The person holding the item is informed of the removal in writing.
g) Requests about items on loan can be made in person or by e-mail to the library staff.
h) Library courtesy notices are sent by e-mail to all persons holding loans a few days before the loans are due, so that users can bring them back on the due date or renew them
i) Users can renew their loans by using the self-check terminal or by emailing a request to the library staff at
j) Loans are to be returned by the self-service terminal and then placed onto the book shelf marked “returns” near the terminal. The library staff will shelf all returned items.
k) Guests leaving the institute must return all loans before their departure.
l) Individual journal issues cannot be borrowed, but they can be read and copied in the library.

4. Copying
a) Copying, scanning and printing facilities are provided in the library.
b) All users are personally responsible for ensuring that they observe the license agreements and the requirements of the copyright legislation currently in force, when scanning, printing and making photocopies of library material.

5. Video surveillance
There is a security system installed to prevent theft of library material. If an un-borrowed item with an active security component passes the security gates, it triggers the alarm system. An acoustic alarm will sound and simultaneously the security camera is activated. A short film clip is made of the exit of the library. Information about date, time and location are also recorded.
Only the library staff has the right to access these clips. The access is granted through the local PC of the library staff, which is protected by a password. All taped data is deleted by the library staff as soon as it becomes unnecessary and the case has been resolved.

6. Conduct
1) Noise should be kept to a minimum in all areas.
2) Mobile phones should be switched off or in silent mode in the library. Any telephone conservations should be conducted outside library premises.
2) Eating and drinking (except bottled water) is not allowed in the library in order to avoid damage to library items, equipment, furniture or premises, and to prevent disturbance to other users.

7. Personal belongings
1) Library users are responsible for the security of their own property.
1) There are lockers on the entrance level of the institute or in the open area (room 311) on the third floor for personal belongings.

8. Data protection
Personal data for authorized users will only be processed, stored and used as far as it is needed for the use of library services, e.g. issuing, returning and renewing library loans. The personal data is provided by the institute’s administrative database and is imported into the library database on the first day of a visit. The list of items on loan and loan statistics will be produced by the actions of each individual user; as will be the video recordings as soon as one tries to remove un-borrowed library material from the library.

The following data are necessary for the library management system:
- Name of the user
- Email address of the user
- Office number in the institute
- Identification numbers of the entrance card
- Start and end date of the visit
- Data related to the library loans

The processing of personal data is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the individual is party to, and so Article 6 (1) b) General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) serves as the legal basis for the processing of personal data in case of the library services (i.e. library loans). Article 6 (1) f) GDPR is the legal basis for the case of video surveillance in the library in connection with library security.
All personal data will be deleted as soon as they become unnecessary for the purpose they were collected for. In the case of the library management system, the data is deleted once the guest has left the institute and all items on loan have been returned. In the case of video surveillance the data is deleted once it has been established that the item is either properly on loan or can be found in the library.  

Rights of individual users
Persons, whose personal data have been collected for the aforementioned services, have the following rights, to the extent that no legal exceptions are applicable in individual cases:
- Information (Art. 15 GDPR)
- Correction (Art. 16 GDPR)
- Deletion (Art. 17 GDPR)
- Restriction of processing (Art. 18 GDPR)
- Data transmission (Art. 20 GDPR)
- Revocation of processing (Art. 21 GDPR)
- Revocation of consent (Art. 7 (3) GDPR)
- Right to lodge a complaint to regulator (Art. 77 GDPR). For the MPG, this is the Bavarian Data Protection Authority (BayLDA), Bostbox 606, 91511 Ansbach.

Data controller
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V. (MPG)
Hofgartenstraße 8
D-80539 München
Telefon: +49 (89) 2108-0
Contact form:

Data protection officer:
Heidi Schuster
Hofgartenstraße 8
D-80539 München
Telefon: +49 (89) 2108-1554


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Borrowing a book/journal volume

1) Check if the book is available in the
library catalogue (indicated by green square in front of holdings)
     If the book is available, check the location where the book should be found:
Help! How to search and how to locate your book
Check the shelf location from the the floor plan
3) Borrow the book by using the self-service Terminal by the entrance of the library.

You do not need an extra library card, your white institute entrance card has been activated for the library system and functions as your library card.  Start by clicking on "Borrow" on the screen of the terminal and then following the instructions on the screen. The normal loan period for all items is up to three monts, provided that no-one else requests the item before that. If a request is made, the item has to be returned to the library.

If the book is on loan, this is indicated by a red square in front of the holdings. It this case contact the librarian in order to find out how you can get hold of the book.

Returning your loan

Use the self-service terminal by clicking on "Return" and then following the instructions on the screen. You do not need your library card when returning loans.
After the books have been returned, place them on the shelf marked "Returns". The library staff will shelf the returned books for you.

Not in the library collection?

1) Suggest a new book for the library - form

2) Library of Mathematics Online Catalogue / Webseite

If you want to borrow a book, you first need a library card for Bonn University Library. To apply for a library card, visit the
Bonn University Library (ULB) at Adenauerallee 39-41 or the Branch Library MNL at Nußallee 15A.
Take the following documents with you when applying for a library card:
               a) valid identity card/passport
               b) proof of your current address (“Meldebescheinigung” from the residents registration office at City Hall)
               c) your MPI card

3) Interlibrary loan – form
Request an article or chapter as a loan or copy by using this form

To make an Interlending request
Fill out the request form or send an email to library
a) Complete the form with as much information as you have
b) Use the 'Additional Information' box to enter any other useful information.    
c) Submit the request

How long will it take?
This can vary, but using standard delivery services it can take 3-5 days. More difficult requests such as recently published, old, obscure or foreign material might take longer.

We will let you know when your book arrives, normally by email.  The book is then placed in your pigeon hole with the information of the due date.

How to renew your items
If you want to renew an interlibrary loan, please do so 2-3 days before the due date by sending an email to the library. Most items can be renewed, if they are not needed by someone else.

Return items
Please return loans to the MPIM library by the due date. We will send the book to the library that originally provided the interlibrary loan.

Printed and electronic journals

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

Interlibrary loans / document supply

We will try to get the item from another library a photocopy or as an electronic document.

To make an Interlending request
Fill out the request form:     

  • Complete the form with as much information as you have.
  • Use the 'Additional Information' box to enter any other useful information.       
  • Submit the request

How long will it take?
This can vary, but using standard delivery services it can take 1-2 days for articles. More difficult requests such as recently published, old, obscure or foreign material might take longer.

Due to copyright issues you will receive a printed copy of the requested article. This will be placed into your pigeon hole, when it arrives.

Electronic journals
During their stay at Max Planck Institute for Mathematics the guests have access to the full text of electronic journals marked with a yellow or yellow/red dot. Access to the electronic journals is provided automatically without a password, provided that you are within the MPIM IP range. The remote access outside MPIM is possible through the VPN-client. To get the client installed into your laptop, contact the IT department.

Different licences
There are different types of licences ranging from parallel editions of individual print journals, to Max Planck Society wide licences and German national licences. There might be several licences for the same journal covering a different time period. Check all the links, in order to access the issue that you are interested in.

General terms of use for electronic journals in full text version
By using this service you agree to abide by the conditions established by the publisher for the use of electronic journals. Generally, access to the full texts is only permitted to the guests during their stay at the institute. The full texts of the articles are to be printed or electronically saved only for personal usage and for the purpose of teaching and research. The systematical downloading of articles, especially by "robots", is forbidden. You are not allowed to pass the articles on to third parties, neither electronically nor in any printed version.


Databases and e-resources

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MathSciNet by AMS (remote access setup for MPIM guests)
Zentralblatt MATH (zbMATH) 
Web of Science - scientific citation indexing service with a comprehensive citation search
Scopus - abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature
Other resources provided by MPDL
To get remote access to all the e-resources contact IT-department

 eBook packages 
Title search through OPAC (AMS, EMS and SMF), for all others (... and more) through MPG eBook catalogue

American Mathematical Society (AMS)
AMS/IP Studies in Advanced Mathematics: 1996 –  2012
American Mathematical Society Translations - series 2: 1955-2014
CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics: 1970 – 2022
Colloquium Publications: 1905 – 2022
Contemporary Mathematics
: Current subscription (1980 –  )
Fields Institute Monographs: 1993 – 2011
Graduate Studies in Mathematics: 1993 – 2022
Mathematical Surveys and Monographs:  1943 – 2022
Memoirs of the AMS: Current subscription (1950 –  )
Proceedings of Symposia in Pure Mathematics:1959 – 2022
Student Mathematical Library: 1999 – 2022
University Lecture Series: 1989 – 2022

Banach Center Publications
proceedings of selected conferences and semesters 

Cambridge University Press
Cambridge Tracts in Mathematics
London Mathematical Society Lecture Notes series
New Mathematical Monographs

Elsevier eBook collection
– Access to selected titles

European Mathematical Society
EMS eBooks

Princeton University Press
Annals of Mathematics Studies (1940 –2022; vol. 1 – 215)

Société Mathématique France (SMF)
Astérisque (most current issues); older issues from Numdam
Mémoires de la SMF

Concise Encyclopedia of Supersymmetry
Encyclopaedia of Mathematics by Springer and EMS
Lecture Notes in Mathematics 1964-
Springer eBooks 1842-


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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.

Contact information

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Librarian: Anu Hirvonen, Tel. +49(0)228-402-252 (In case of absence: Andrea Kohlhuber, Tel. 402-243.)
If you need help, you can find us in room 306 by the entrance of the library.  If you prefer, you can just send us an

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