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Library usage

(Last updated: 05.10.2022)

New users can be admitted to the reading rooms again, the restricted occupancy of the reading rooms will be lifted.

To register and for short visits of the library, please send an e-mail in advance to the following address: . Alternatively, please use our registration form.

Library users may continue to use only the scanner area for research and scanning, even without a permanent workplace in the reading room .

Still applicable corona rules

  • Please adhere to the general hygiene regulations at the Institute (see bulletins) and please use the hand sanitizer before using the scanners.
  • It is recommended to wear a mouth-nose protective mask (medical of FFP2 mask) in all public areas of the Institute (in the corridors, in front of the counters, in the hall and rotunda, in all service offices and on the way to the toilet and the vending machine café).
  • Acces to certain rooms marked accordingly (e.g. sanitary rooms) is only possible with a medical or FFP2 mask.
  • If the minimum distance of 1.5 m cannot be maintained, it is recommended to wear a medical or FFP2 mask

A key research tool is the library which holds 685,000 volumes and offers access to more than 29,600 journals and periodicals [December 2019]. In the areas of public international law, European Union law and comparative public law, the library is the largest in Europe and one of the most comprehensive in the world. Researchers from all over the world are welcomed as guests and invited to use the services of the library.


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Opening hours

Reading rooms

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 19:00

Loan desk service times

Monday - Thursday 10:30 - 16:00
Friday 10:30 - 15:30

Initial personal registration at the Library is only possible within the service times until 15:00.