The e-mail address for the library:

Dipl.-Bibl. Kerstin Raab
Head of the library
Phone:+49 551 384 979-274
Dr. Bernd Inhester
library consultant
Phone:+49 551 384 979-477

Opening hours

MPS staff: library is open 24/7

External users: Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Please contact the librarian at



Welcome to the library of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research!

Our library is a scientific reference library. It is first of all designed as a source of information for MPS staff and visiting scientists as well as for students of the International Max Planck Research School. Persons not associated with the institute who wish to use the library may contact us for registration. [We ask persons not associated with the institute to contact us if they would like to use the library.]

The library specializes in the following research areas:

  •  Physics of the Sun, the solar system and sun-like stars
  •  Extraterrestrial research and physics of interplanetary space
  •  Physics of planetary magnetospheres and atmospheres
  •  Surfaces and Interiors of planets, moons, comets and small bodies
  •  Numerical simulation of magnetohydrodynamic fluids and plasmas
  •  Satellite technologies
  •  Textbook collection for physics and mathematics

At present we stock:

  • 18,000 journal issues / volumes
  • 320 print journal, 90 of them still running
  • 11,100 monographs

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