Administrative Department

Eberhard Zeidler Library

We have one goal – to provide one of the world's best mathematics libraries

Our library collection aims at serving the institute’s central point of research: The intersection of mathematics and the sciences. Here you can find our complete Call number list.

The library of the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences is offering its services mainly to the institute’s scientists. Of course, it is open to all interested visitors.

For Institute Members

If you are connected via VPN, you can access the internal library's website directly.

If your are not logged in via VPN, use EZproxy to access the library website and our licensed eResources.

Register with us and get your library card in the E3 section during office hours. Use the library and borrow books during the institute’s opening hours.

For Visitors

Contact the reception to use the library and its services during office hours (Inselstraße 22, 3rd floor). Unfortunately, the books can only be used inside the library.

For Students of Library Sciences

Internship for students

We provide students of library sciences with the opportunity to gain a broad insight into the work of a specialized scientific library for a period of at least three months. We offer the entire spectrum of modern librarianship, from classical library services to innovative ones, from everyday public relations to the programming for new services.

If you are looking for an internship in an international environment, in a small team and with diverse tasks and IT challenges, please send your application to:

FaMI training

From 2003 to 2019, we trained ten highly motivated young people to become assistants in media and information services, specializing in library services (German short form: FaMI), and prepared them for their future careers.

From the very beginning, the trainees were involved in all typical library workflows, from researching available print and digital media, ordering, cataloguing and invoice processing to information brokerage and public relations.

Already in their first year of training, our trainees gave individual introductions and advice to our institute’s scientists in English and were involved in the organization of weekly changing events and exhibitions for and with the scientists.
Furthermore, the trainees were encouraged to acquire additional qualifications during their time with us. These could be, for example, computer or language skills, depending on their respective preferences.

Since our team is currently fully staffed, please do not send applications for a training position. The next vacant training position will be announced here.


Our mission is to support our scientists‘ information retrieval and publication process, giving them more time for what really matters – their research.

  • We take care of all our researchers’ information needs by providing more than 66.000 printed books, 150.000 eBooks, 63.000 licensed eJournals, scientific databases and much more – fast and free of charge.

  • We create publication lists for references, curriculum vitae and websites.

  • We extensively support the scientific publication process, especially by encouraging and funding open access publication.

  • We have a broad understanding of our tasks as a research library.

Department Members