Inselstraße 22
04103 Leipzig


Phone: 0341 - 9959 - 701
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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, 60.000 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.

Listed here are some of our projects to illustrate our multifaceted work:

Monthly events

  • at our coffee lectures we present library services relevant for scientific work and get in touch with our scientists
  • in order to provide an opportunity to get to know colleagues from all departments in a relaxed atmosphere, we organize a joint lunch
  • our special events, such as game nights, chess and table tennis tournaments, city tours and museum visits, offer our scientists the opportunity to get together aside from scientific discourse


Mathematics in the world

We prepare and display temporary exhibitions in our reading room about important scientific awards or outstanding mathematicians and their work.

For conferences and seminars, we compile thematically appropriate literature in close cooperation with our scientists and present it both directly at the event and digitally via our internal website.



Our founding director, Prof Zeidler, carefully selected more than 1000 books he deemed essential for any mathematician to read: our ''choice book'' collection or as we fondly call it – the ''choco collection''.


Teaching and Learning

The Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences has decided to support children and adolescents with a migration background.

To reach this goal:

  • our colleague Mr Alhasan al Hallak, who is a math teacher from Syria, coaches school students in mathematics.

  • we created a  bilingual brochure in German and Arabic with a selection of the tasks taken from ''Mathematical problems for children from 5 to 15'' by the Russian mathematician W.I. Arnold. The brochure also contains pictures and vocabulary for a facilitated understanding.

Scientific publishing - with focus on Open Access


We support the scientific publication process all along the way – and we want to convince our scientists of the advantages of Open Access.

Take a look at our detailed depiction of the institute's open access statistics.


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