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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


Library News

Library MPIWG News

July 3, 2018

The Virtual Mappa Project and DM

Online Editions of Medieval Maps and More: A Blog by the British Library.

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MPIWG Library News

June 1, 2018

Past Masters Titles

The library has acquired access to "Past Masters" titles including Boyle (correspondence), Boyle (works), and Darwin (works). To express an interest in other resources, please email librarian Urte Brauckmann.



Library MPIWG News

April 7, 2018

RiffReporter Subscription

The RiffReporter website is open for Institute scholars. The RiffReporter (as in coral reef), cofounded by recent Journalist-in-Residence Christian Schwägerl, is a cooperative of Germany's leading freelance journalists in science, society, environment, and technology.



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