About the Library

The library on the MPIA campus is a scientific library primarily for the members of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy and for the House of Astronomy on the MPIA campus. To get started, please find here all information about the library: MPIA Library in a Nutshell.

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.
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