The library of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of
Societies was established in 1985 as a reference library
with subject-specific holdings, specializing in the social
and political sciences. The collection consists of material
in print, microform, and electronic formats, on all aspects
of the research program of the institute. It is especially
strong in the areas of economic sociology, international and
comparative Industrial Relations, Labour Economics,
Varieties of Capitalism, European Union Politics and the
Welfare State. Today, the library's print resources include
over 55,000 items.
In addition to the book collection we have approximately 220
printed serial and newspaper subscriptions and access to
over 20.000 electronic journals.
The collection is arranged under an in-house classification
scheme in an open-access area.
The online catalogue (Web
lists the entire literature holdings of the
library. It contains books as well as articles and digitized
material and has grown to just over 250,000 records.
The library´s book collection is complemented by online
databases which provide full-text access to primary and
secondary sources worldwide. Nearly all the reference
databases centrally licensed by the Max Planck Society or by
the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies are
searchable via the Max Planck Virtual Library (vlib