The library of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy is a reference library. It is committed to furnishing the members of the Institute with literature as required. Scholarship holders and guests of the Institute are welcome to use the library during opening hours.
The library is considered to have the largest holdings of social law literature worldwide. It currently comprises approximately 100,000 volumes and bound journals, as well as 258 periodicals on open access. The library's online catalogue (Web-OPAC) contains the complete holdings available at the Institute. In addition to printed media, the library offers a variety of electronic resources.
The central access point to all electronic resources is the Max Planck Virtual Library (VLib). Access to all databases is generally controlled via IP check and is therefore only available within the Institute.
Owing to the history of the Institute, the library holdings mainly comprise literature on foreign and international social law.
In addition, the library holds an extensive selection of literature on social policy, social law, sociology, statistics, political science and other fields of the social sciences relevant to other European and non-European countries, as well as literature on the major organisations and institutions dealing with social law and social policy such as the International Labour Organization, the European Union, the OECD, the United Nations, etc. Furthermore, the collection has been expanded to include books on very specific areas of Institute research.
The Library of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy acquires about 5,000 monographs annually. Via the List of Acquisitions you can retrieve the continuously updated list of new acquisitions.