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Corona virus - Rules for the library usage

(Last updated: 29.04.2022)

Please pay attention to the following rules regarding the library usage which apply from May 1, 2022 and expectedly until June 30, 2022:

1.) General information:

  • For reading room guests, visiting researchers with workplace in the reading room and external service providers the 3G rule is in place. Access to the Institute is only possible with appropriate proof!
  • Please find the current Corona ordinance of the State Government Baden-Württemberg with further information on the rules here.

2.) Registration for library usage:

  • Currently, unfortunately no new reading room guests can be accepted.
  • Scholarship holders, guests with special permission as well as students of the directors and (former and current) research group leaders further on receive privileged access.
  • Guests without a permanent workplace in the reading room, especially students, can use the scanner area as day guests for temporary research and scanning work, after having registered by e-mail. 
  • Access to the library can only be granted after prior registration by e-mail ().

3.) Library usage and on-site measures:

  • After entering the Institute and disinfecting your hands, please report to the reception desk.
  • It is urgently requested 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, a medical or FFP2 mask must be worn.
  • Please use the hand sanitizer before using the scanners and adhere to the general hygiene regulations at the Institute (see bulletins).
  • Assigned reading room spaces will be cleared by the loan staff one week after non-use.

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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Closing time

The Institute will be closed for the public from Thursday,
26th of May 2022 until and including Friday, 27th of May 2022 due to holidays.

Corona virus - current opening hours

Reading rooms

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 19:00


Loan desk service times

Monday - Thursday 10:30 - 12:30