Pro­file of the lib­rary

In ac­cord­ance with the man­date of the Max Planck In­sti­tu­te, the lib­rary col­lects

  • lit­er­at­ure on Ger­man, for­eign, and in­ter­na­tion­al crim­in­al law and pro­ced­ure
  • lit­er­at­ure on crim­in­o­logy and re­lated dis­cip­lines (psy­chi­atry, so­ci­ology, psy­cho­logy, and the so­cial sci­en­ces gen­er­ally)
  • fun­da­ment­al works in in­ter­na­tion­al and European law
  • pub­lic­a­tions on (crim­in­al) in­form­a­tion law and leg­al in­form­at­ics, as well as
  • lit­er­at­ure on med­ic­al law.

Cur­rently, the lib­rary con­tains over 480,000 volumes and grows an­nu­ally by over 8,000 prin­ted volumes. Ap­prox­im­ately one-third of these new ac­quis­i­tions are crim­in­o­lo­gic­al pub­lic­a­tions. The lib­rary sub­scribes to some 1,300 - mostly for­eign - journ­als and peri­od­ic­als. The lib­rary col­lec­tion can be searched via the Online catalogue or the Classification system .

The lib­rary is de­signed as a ref­er­en­ce lib­rary that is avail­able primar­ily to In­sti­tu­te staff as well as do­mest­ic and for­eign guests. In ad­di­tion, per­sons un­af­fili­ated with the In­sti­tu­te, es­pe­cially par­ti­cipants in com­par­at­ive law sem­inars, can use the lib­rary after they have ob­tained per­mis­sion fol­low­ing a written request . This group of day-guests com­prised an­nu­ally ap­prox­im­ately 600 per­sons.

For In­sti­tu­te guests, there are 40 work ­places in two read­ing rooms, which are equipped with In­ter­net con­nec­tions and, for the most part, with com­puters. For day-guests, lim­ited work places with laptop con­nec­tions are avail­able.

The lib­rary in­vent­ory is housed in open stacks and can be checked out for use at the work place in a self-ser­vice pro­ced­ure. Loans out­side of the In­sti­tu­te are not pos­sible.