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 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.

We are a reference library and our main focus lies on the subjects 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 and a 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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