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Corona virus - Important information - Please take note!

(Last updated: 24.08.2021)

Please pay attention to the following rules regarding the library usage:

1.) Currently, unfortunately no new reading room guests can be accepted. This rule will expectedly apply until October 31, 2021.

2.) Please, always send an e-mail to the loan department before visiting the library and inquire about the terms and conditions of usage that might possibly have changed meanwhile ( ).

Please take into account the opening times of the reading room from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The service at the loan desk is available Monday to Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Please come always only as an individual to the Institute. After entering the Institute and disinfecting your hands, please report to the reception desk.

3.) If you come from a current risk area or “Risikogebiet” (Please check here:, you can only access the library in compliance with the applicable laws and regulations (especiallay“ Verordnung der Landesregierung über infektionsschützende Maßnahmen gegen die Ausbreitung des Virus SARS-CoV-2(Corona-Verordnung – CoronaVO )”

4.) Scholarship holders, guests with special permission as well as students of the directors and (former and active) research group leaders or “Forschungsgruppenleiter/-innen” further on receive privileged access.

Non-reserved places are distributed according to the "first come, first served" system.

As long as no different rule is framed, guests without a permanent work place in the reading room, especially students, can use the scanner area as day guests or “Tagesgäste” after having registered by e-mail for temporary research and scanning work.

5.) Please wear your medical 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.

Please use the hand sanitizer before using the scanners and adhere to the general hygiene regulations at the Institute (see bulletins).

6.) Reserved reading room working spaces will be cleared by the lending staff one week after they have not been used.

The main task of the library is to provide the Institute’s academic staff with information of all kinds. The library is a reference library, which implies that no items may be lent out externally. The library is open to researchers from all around the world, who may use the facility as invited guests. PhD students and students (a faculty member’s letter of reference is required) are allowed to use the library, too.

Please send acquisition request via the form below to the Institute's library.

Information about the Library at a glance

Library staff are available for assistance (including registration):

Please note the currently applicable information given above.

Monday - Friday 10:30 - 16:00


New Registration at the Library is only possible within the service times.

The library’s Reading Rooms provide 76 workplaces, including 4 research stations with PCs. W-LAN is available under certain conditions; additionally the Institute takes part in eduroam. You can find technical hardware in the library like book scanner (USB stick required) and printers.

Members of the following three groups are able to access our licensed online resources on application: PhD students, post-doctoral students and researchers or scholarship holders of an academic institution.

The library's Reading Rooms are open for usage:

Please note the currently applicable information given above.

   1. April - 31. October:

Monday - Friday    08:30 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 19:30


   1. November - 31. March:

Monday - Friday    08:30 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 13:00


Please ask for more information.

The library is a reference library, i.e. loans outside the Institute are excluded. The library is not participating in national or international interlibrary loan. Scans (carbon copies as an exception) from journals and monographs may be sent under adherence to the copyright law in force by our .

Terms of use

10 golden rules concerning the reading room

  • The library is a reference library. It is not permitted to remove reference materials from the Institute.
  • Please register your name in the guestbook before using the reading room.
  • You may order 10 books per day, and you are allowed to have 30 books checked-out on your library account at one time.
  • Please store your books only on the shelf assigned to you.
  • Please put your bags in the lockers of the library and don’t take them into the library. For jackets and coats please use the wardrobe.
  • Eating and drinking is only allowed in the common room. It is permitted to take water into the reading room if the bottle is removed afterwards.
  • It is necessary to remain quiet in the reading room.
  • Please keep your reading place tidy and put your books back on the shelf assigned to you every day.
  • Please inform the library if you want to finish your residence and return all your borrowed books.
  • If you do not use the library for four weeks, the library reserves the right to empty your shelf and use it otherwise. 

Library rules (PDF, 322.4 KB)

Corona virus - current opening hours

Reading rooms

Monday - Friday 09:00 - 19:00


Loan desk service times

Monday - Thursday 10:30 - 12:30