Library Profile



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 60,000 items.  


In addition to the book collection we have approximately 150 printed serial and newspaper subscriptions and access to over 20.000 electronic journals.  

Shelf classification

The collection is arranged under an in-house classification scheme in an open-access area.  

Library search portal

The library search portal (elibrary) lists the entire literature holdings of the library. It contains books as well as articles and digitized material.  


The library´s book collection is complemented by online databases which provide full-text access to primary and secondary sources worldwide. 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  MPG.ReNa .

Library search portal

Use elibrary to locate items of the library, publications of MPIfG researchers, open access articles and more
Library portal

Electronic Journals Library

The Electronic Journals Library provides access to all e-journals available for the staff of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies.

Databases- overview

The library provides access to many electronic resources such as eBooks, ejournals, Encyclopedias, and other Online databases. A short overview will help you to start with your research in our resources.

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