Library | Max-Planck-Institut für Sozialrecht und Sozialpolitik - MPISOC



The library of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy is a specialist scientific library. It is considered to have the largest holdings of social law literature worldwide. The Library offers an outstanding collection of specialised literature on German, foreign and international social law and on international, European and German social policy. In addition to national and international constitutional and administrative law, European law as well as economic and public procurement law, the library also has a collection of works on mathematics, statistics, philosophy, sociology and the economic sciences. Moreover it holds 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.


The library comprises about 125,000 volumes, consisting of some 15 000 bound journals and continuing sets. 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.

Apart from the scientists of the Institute, guests can also use the library. Visitors with a scientific interest are requested to register with the library management and to sign the visitors’ book in the reading room. Our staff will be happy to help should you have queries regarding the use of the library.

The library of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy is a reference library. Extramural loan is not possible. Please understand that we cannot send out bibliographic records or deliver copies of articles.

Library Closed for External Users until Further Notice

The library of the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy will remain closed for external visitors until further notice. This precautionary measure is taken in connection with the SARS-CoV-2 (Corona virus). We ask for your understanding. The online services are still available.


The library is open to external visitors

Mondays – Thursdays 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Fridays 8.00 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.