Montserrat de Pablo

Image adapted from sketch by Montserrat de Pablo.


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

August 21, 2019

Access bought to: Oxford Music Online’s Grove Music Online

The database is the authoritative resource for music research with over 52,000 articles written by nearly 9,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory, and cultures of music around the globe. Based on work first published in 1879 and updated frequently, Grove has been in continuous publication for over a century and now publishes hundreds of new articles and revisions each year. Any comments about content or functions of the database are very welcome. Users from the MPIWG are registered automatically via IP.


Aug 8, 2019

"Granth Sanjeevani" Database Access

The library has now access to the database Granth Sanjeevani of The Asiatic Society of Mumbai. Please log in as "Max Planck Institute for the History of Science." Granth Sanjeevani has over 20,000 books, newspapers, manuscripts, maps, journals, government publications, and reports. Though the majority of books are in English, there are books in Sanskrit and other ancient and modern Indian languages and in European languages like Greek, Latin, Italian, German, and French.



May 16, 2019

Rare Book Exhibition

The library has created a new exhibition of rare books in the showcases of the rare book collection. We are presenting a small selection of books acquired in the first years of the Institute in accordance with the requirements of research projects at that time. Topics cover many areas in the history of science, which have been and still are at the focus of our research interests. These include philosophy and natural history (showcase 1), chemistry or medicine (showcase 2), physics and mechanics (showcase 3), geometry and civil engineering (showcase 4), and astronomy (showcase 5). Most of the rare books featured in this exhibition are available online in ECHO – Cultural Heritage Online.




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