The Library of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law is dedicated to the excellence of the research of the Institute. It is therefore the library’s goal to offer academics the best possible working conditions in all areas of information supply and information.
In order to achieve this goal, the library collects extensive literature on national, foreign and international intellectual property and competition law. The collection pursues the goal of completeness in these areas and includes literature from all countries and all languages.
In addition the library offers access to the most important legal databases as well as access to more than 2,300 licensed law journals.
The collection currently includes more that 195,000 volumes. Due to its international orientation and completeness, the collection is unique worldwide and therefore attracts academics from around the world.
The library’s online catalogue lists the entire literature collection of the library. The main access point for the offering of digital media is the Virtual Library of the Max Planck Society (vLib) and the database site DBIS. The Electronic Journal Library (EZB) provides a comprehensive overview of electronic journals.
The library possesses reference character and serves first and foremost the supplying of literature to the Institute’s employees, scholarship holders and guests. Furthermore, it is open to all individuals who conduct academic work corresponding to the Institute’s areas of research.
The library is conceived as a central service facility serving, in addition to the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in all areas of information provision.