Simone Kronenwett
Simone Kronenwett
Phone: +49 6221 528-205

Library Committee

Ulrich Klaas
Phone: +49 6221 528-355
Christoph Leinert
Phone: +49 6221 528-410


Ask your librarian - online

You can contact the library online at any time. Just write an email to "". We read emails every day and we are happy to help you with literature research and procurement asap.

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The library (room 309) is open to institute members and guests around the clock. The librarian, Simone Kronenwett, may be reached Monday, Wesnesday and Thursday between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Information on library services and electronic literature during the MPIA closure you will find here.

Reading room

The reading room (309) offers

  • Monographs, catalogues and atlases
  • Computer books, dictionaries and reference books
  • Theses, dissertations, habilitations
  • Conference proceedings
  • Workplaces
  • PC for library catalogue searches


The archive is located on the first floor (rooms 240/241). It contains

  • Older issues or astronomical journals where MPIA's subscription has lapsed
  • MPG reports and announcements
  • Collections of annual  reports and special publications of astronomical societies and institutes

Library Rules

The MPIA library and archive are available to all employees and guests of the institute and may be accessed at any time. In order to maintain this open access, it is necessary that the following rules be respected:

  • New books and journals that are laid out in the library’s anteroom may not be borrowed
  • Borrowed books or journals must always be indicated and displayed by a legible substitute (to be found at the column in the reading room).
  • Borrowed books or journals are to be kept, easily visible, at the workplace. They are not to be taken home or on business trips.
  • Books and journals may be borrowed for a period of 4 weeks, and the borrower is responsible for them until they are returned.
  • Individuals not affiliated with the institute may use the library, but the loan of books is only possible in exceptional cases and with the explicit authorization of the librarian.

Rules for using electronic journals

  • Use of the files is restricted to purposes of research and education only
  • Full text articles may be printed or saved solely for private use or for research purposes
  • Systematic download of articles or search results is prohibited
  • It is not allowed to pass articles (electronically or printed) to a third party

Article search

Quick ADS search:

For non-astronomical articles, try the MPG's Electronic Journals Library. More information about finding articles or journals here.

Book search

Quick MPIA library catalogue search:

If it's not at MPIA, try the
MPG ebooks catalogue and the
Heidelberg University Catalogue (HEIDI, includes ZAH) next.

More information about finding books here.

Book wish

Are you missing a book/literature we should have in our library? Just tell us  - We get it for you asap! ( or #bookwish @mpi_astro_bib).

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