The library of the Max Planck Institutes Stuttgart is a scientific library primarily for the members of the Max Planck Campus Stuttgart. External visitors are kindly requested to register.
Please note that the library stock is only available for the employees of the two Max Planck Institutes!
As a common library of the Max Planck Institutes for Solid State Research and Intelligent Systems we are responsible for the information and literature supply of our staff members and guests.
Our aim is to support the members of the institutes in their daily research projects. In order to achieve this, we provide a current and attractive offer of information and services. The expansion of electronic media is of particular importance. A transparent way of working, both internally and externally, is self-evident for us.
Our services for staff members and guests
Literature acquisition and provision
Interlibrary loan / Document supply services
Licensing and administration of electronic resources
Contact partner for queries regarding procurement and access to literature
Regular library introductions
Support in the area of open access
Management of publications in the repository of the Max Planck Society (MPG.PuRe)
Provision of online services (Aleph catalogue with self-check loan, website, etc.)
The library users are the first priority, an individual consulting of each user is important for us. We maintain an active exchange of information and knowledge among our colleagues and departments.
We strive to constantly optimise the performance capability of the library. Regular further training ensures the necessary competence and promotes the further development of the individual employees.
As from September 2, 2019 Janine Schmidt of the Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart will complete her internship semester in the library and support the library team.
Open Access agreement with SAGE
26. June 2019
On the basis of the new agreement with SAGE publication fees for open access articles of MPG "submitting corresponding authors" in selected journals of the 2015/2016 SAGE Premier
collection, which are part of the SAGE Choice program, will be centrally covered.
In addition Max Planck "corresponding authors" will receive a discount of 20 % on the article processing charges for publications in SAGE OA Gold journals by stating a discount code.
The discount code can be requested from the library.
Open Access agreement with Cambridge University Press
4. June 2019
Due to the new agreement with Cambridge University Press (CUP) publication fees for open access articles with a CC license in CUP journals will be centrally covered if the "submitting
corresponding author" is a scientist of the Max Planck Society.
Transformative Open Access agreement with American Chemical Society
1. April 2019
Due to the new transformative agreement with American Chemical Society (ACS), starting in 2019, open access publication fees for articles with a CC-BY licence in ACS journals will be
centrally covered if the "corresponding author" is a scientist of the Max Planck Society.
Furthermore the contract contains MPG-wide online access to the "All Publications" Package and the "Chemical & Engineering News" (C&EN).
The library collection comprises (last modified 22.01.2019):
4 catalog workstations
6 internet workstations
1 book return box
1 copier with scan functionality
1 microform scanner
1 binding machine
Total number of volumes
Advanced doctoral dissertations
Loan & return
Generally, the library stock may only be borrowed by members of the institutes. The initial loan period is 60 days. Subsequently you can perform an
online-extension until a maximum loan period of one year is reached. On level 3 you can find a book return box which allows you to return borrowed books
at any time.
It is possible to use the self-check-loan at any time, even outside the opening hours. If you have any questions concerning the loan or your user account please contact
us directly or send us an e-mail..
Journals cannot be borrowed. However, there is a copier available on level 2.
Suggestion for acquisition
If the library does not have a particular book you can send us a suggestion for acquisition. We will add the book to our stock as soon as possible. Please contact us directly,
call us on 0711/689-1397 or
The interlibrary loan is a service that allows you to order media (e.g. books, journals), which are not available in the local print or online stock, from other libraries as well
as the document delivery service subito.
If you wish to place an order, please call us on 0711/689-1397 or e-mail us.
For book orders the delivery time amounts to 3 - 7 working days, for journals to 1 - 2 working days. After receiving the media we will inform you by e-mail.
MPG.PuRe is the publishing repository of the Max Planck Society which contains bibliographic data of publications
of Max Planck researchers.
Since 2016 the library coordinates the MPG.PuRe data input of the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems:
moderating the departments in entering publication data
checking the data for accuracy and completeness
generating authority records (CoNE = Control of Named Entities) for authors and journals
compiling the publiction lists for Scientific Advisory Board and Board of Trustees reports
If you have any further questions about MPG.PuRe, please feel free to contact us personally or via e-mail.
For further information about the publications of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research please contact
Open Access (OA)
The Max Planck Society plays a leading role on a national and international level in encouraging the free availability of scientific publications.
The Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) contributes to the shaping of the open access policy within the MPG and supports the
open access activities at the Max Planck Institutes in collaboration with the libraries.
In case of any questions about Open Access please contact us via e-mail or call us under the following phone number: 0711/689-1282
You can search the library's collection in our local
catalog Aleph. This includes monographs, serials and journals. Furthermore you have the option to borrow books yourself and to access your library account.
parallel search in our local print stock and the Max Planck Society's central e-books catalog is also possible.
Terms of loan
Generally, the library stock may only be borrowed by members of the institutes. The initial loan period amounts to 60 days. Subsequently you can perform an
online-extension until a maximum loan period of one year is reached. On level 3 you can find a book return box which allows you to return borrowed books at any time.
Journals cannot be borrowed. However, there is a copier available on level 2.
The Electronic Journals Library (EZB)
is a cooperative service of currently more than 628 libraries and institutions (including our library). It offers easy and convenient access to electronically published scientific journals
in full text. The accessibility of the listed journals is represented by a traffic light system.
The full text is freely accessible.
The journal is freely accessible for the members of the Max Planck Institutes Stuttgart.
Only some of the published volumes are accessible.
Here you will find the conditions for access and instructions for use of individual journals.
Please note: The systematic download of articles or search results, especially by robots, is prohibited and will initiate the publisher to block access to the journal for all users of the Max Planck Institutes Stuttgart!
Internal catalogs of the Max Planck Society
E-books catalog of the Max Planck Society
The central e-books-catalog offers you the possibility of searching the entire e-books collection, licensed by the Max Planck Society. Depending on the publisher you can read the texts on the PC and/or download them as a PDF-file.
MPG Resource Navigator (MPG.ReNa)
MPG Resource Navigator (MPG.ReNa) is a web application to navigate through scientific information resources available to staff and guests of the Max Planck Society. It includes licensed databases, digital collections,
and reference works. In addition, recommandable retrieval tools available on the web free of charge are part of the collection. Moreover, almost all Max Planck Institute library catalogs,
as well as selected external ones, are acessible from here.
Here you will find regional and national catalogs, which might be of interest for your searches.
Local catalog Stuttgart-Tübingen In this catalog you will find the stock and information of scientific libraries in the Stuttgart-Tübingen region.
Stuttgart University Library In this catalog you will find the stock of the Stuttgart University Library and of its associated institute libraries.
Württemberg State Library The catalog of the Württemberg State Library (WLB) provides access to printed and electronic information resources. The library gains its particular significance from its right to collect legal deposit copies of every book published in Baden-Württemberg.
The central subject libraries serve as a national literature and information supplier for the highly specialized demands of science and research. They offer you comprehensive search possibilities, as it is their purpose to collect the publications of their subject as completely as possible and make them available through interlibrary loan. This includes publications within Germany and abroad as well as so-called grey literature (e.g. preprints).
Karlsruhe Virtual catalog
The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK) is a metacatalog that offers you the opportunity to search different catalogs and directories at the same time. These are for example the above mentioned union catalogs and the
Union Catalog for Serials (ZDB) as well as numerous international catalogs.
The WorldCat is a catalog that provides access to inventory information from more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. A huge advantage of the catalog is that it supports Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagaric, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Tamil and Thai characters.
In the Max Planck Society two central retrieval services provide an overview of the worldwide flood of publications and keep the scientists informed.
The information retrieval service of the CPT section is located within the library.
Here you will find a selection of databases:
Dissertation & Theses (Proquest) is a database of records for graduate research, with over 2.1 million dissertations and theses included from around the world. In addition, nearly one million dissertations and theses are available for download in PDF format.
Wolters Kluwer Online is a comprehensive database that includes journals, comments, manuals, judgments, etc. (predominantly as a full text) concerning the German and European law.
OvidSP offers a collection of reference databases for psychology such as PsycINFO, PSYNDEXplus Literature and Audiovisual Media, PSYNDEXplus Tests, CAB Abstracts
You will find a comparison of reference management software by the Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry in English here.
You will find a comparison of reference management software by the Technische Universität München here.
Shibboleth (only FKF)
Shibboleth - access to protected resources
Shibboleth is a distributed access control system which opens a remote access to fee-based content on the web licensed by the MPG also outside of the IP-range of the MPG
(e.g. during travel or at home).
You only need:
web browser (platform independent: Win, Mac, Linux, Android, iOS, ...)
your FKF mail account, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org and password of the web-mail system.
Because the basic Shibboleth technology is not available on all platforms, we are using a gateway to the existing IP controlled web (EZProxy). Using thes proxy allows access to all content on the web which is licensed by MPG (Grundversorgung by MPDL) as well as local licenses, even if you are
currently not situated in the institute.
Note: Please use only these links as bookmarks (or as shortcuts on your desktop).
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