Image adapted from sketch by Montserrat de Pablo.

Welcome to the Library of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG). The development of our collections and services is closely tailored to the needs of the researchers working here at the Institute and their very diverse research topics. We exclusively provide support to our scholars for their research, delivering whatever they need as quickly as possible. We have a large collection of print and digital sources and secondary literature here in the library, and offer MPIWG scholars round-the-clock access to our extensive print and digital collections and to study desks.

We provide a range of services, including:

  • special interlibrary loan service to bring you print and digital sources straight from other collections worldwide
  • digitization of sources for research and publications
  • help with optical character recognition and image processing
  • copyright research and help with obtaining permission to reproduce materials for publications
  • assistance with bibliography management, including software such as Zotero or EndNote


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Library News

Library MPIWG News

Jan 15, 2019

Open Access: Wiley and Projekt DEAL

Wiley and Projekt DEAL establish groundbreaking partnership for Germany to pilot new publishing models, through cooperation with Max Planck Digital Library Services GmbH. Read More


Library MPIWG News

Dec 18, 2018

Open Access Publishing Agreement between Max Planck Society and OUP

Allows publishing Open Access in journals from January 1, 2019 without cost. If you have questions please contact Urte Brauckmann.



MPIWG Library News

Oct 15, 2018

New Checkout System

We’re now starting to use the library’s new electronic booking system. Please email the library so that we can provide you with a special chip card for access.





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