The Library of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition 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 215,000 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 (MPG.ReNa) 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 Innovation and Competition, the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance in all areas of information provision.

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Using the Library

The library is available to all academics and scholarship holders of the Institutes as well as students of the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC).

If you want to use the library as a day guest or plan a stay of up to two weeks, please contact bibliothek(at) directly.

If you are planning a longer stay, please use the electronic application form for a stay without financial support. Please be sure to indicate the desired period and enclose all documents listed there. You will usually receive a reply to your application within two to three weeks.

All users, prior to their initial visit, must fill out a registration form and confirm receipt of the library’s terms of use. You may print out the registration form here and bring the filled-out form along on your initial visit.

Library Tours
Participation in a library tour is a prerequisite for using the library. Introductions for new guests and scholarship holders of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition take place Mondays at 11.00 and 15.00 o’clock as well as on each Thursday at 11.00 o’clock – when necessary in English.

Introductions for new guests and scholarship holders of the Max Planck Institute for Tax Law and Public Finance take place on an individual basis during opening hours.

Terms of Use
Library Rules


In the library for Innovation and Competition, you will find copiers with scanning capability in the basement. The copier for the library for Tax Law and Public Finance is located in the reading room.

A vending machine for purchasing copy-cards is located in the foyer of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Marstallplatz 1.

A printer is available for all research places in the library.
Use of Laptops
All work places are equipped with electrical outlets.

WLAN is available for all employees of the Institute.

Contact Persons

Information Desk
Phone +49 89 24246-222
Fax +49 89 24246-501
Email Bibliothek(at)


Jakica Caganic
Phone +49 89 24246-210
Email jakica.caganic(at)

Jessica Dietrich, B.A.
Phone +49 89 24246-201
E-Mail: jessica.dietrich(at)

Simon Paul Geisser, B.A.
Tel.: +49 89 24246-5403
E-Mail: SimonPaul.Geisser(at)

Dipl.-Bibl. Petra Golombek
Phone +49 89 24246-5403
Email petra.golombek(at)

Dipl.-Bibl. Sonja Hirschmüller
Phone +49 89 24246-209
Email Sonja.Hirschmueller(at)

Stefan Nowak
Phone +49 89 24246-323
Email stefan.nowak(at)

Dipl.-Bibl. Sabine Schmotz
Phone +49 89 24246-203
Email sabine.schmotz(at)

Sabrina Sirek, B.A.
Phone +49 89 24246-206
Email sabrina.sirek(at)

Peter Weber, M. A. (LIS)
Phone +49 89 24246-200

Contact and Opening Hours

Library Max Planck Institute for Innovation und Wettbewerb
Marstallplatz 1
80539 Munich, Germany

Phone +49 89 24246-221
Fax +49 89 24246-501
Email: bibliothek.ip(at)

Opening Hours
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. 
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. 
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Closing Days

Christmas 2022 12/24/2022 – 01/01/2023
Epiphany 01/06/2023
Easter 04/07/ – 04/10/2023
Labor Day 05/01/2023
Ascension Day 05/18/2023
Whit Monday 05/29/2023
Corpus Christi 06/08/2023
Assumption Day 08/15/2023
German Unity Day 10/03/2023
All Saints' Day 11/01/2023

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