Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

Media Information
Online version Handwörterbuch des Europäischen Privatrechts
Access and Registration

General Information
Application Materials
Scope of Authorisation
 
 

General Information

Legal scholars conducting research in the areas of comparative and international private law, economic law as well as legal harmonisation and unification are welcome at the Institute. Permission to utilise the Institute library may be granted in those instances when a legitimate academic interest exists which cannot be adequately satisfied by other libraries. As a non-circulating research library, no materials may be loaned from the Institute collection. Photocopiers and scanners are available for use (fees) in the reading rooms.

Upon detailed application to the Head of Reader Services, Frau Halsen-Raffel (halsen@mpipriv.de), general library access may accordingly be granted to Institute scholarship recipients (scholarship program), professors, post-doctoral candidates, doctoral candidates and, in limited instances, professorial research assistants completing tasks for their responsible professor. An authorisation determination will only be made upon receipt of the application materials.

Other interested parties may in individual cases be granted access to the library without prior written application, but such access will be extended only on a daily basis and will be limited to use of the reading room. In these instances, authorisation and personal registration must be made with the Head of Reader Services and is only possible during the service hours (hours of operation and service). Day guests may request retrieval of a maximum of 12 items (per day) from the library stacks; these items may subsequently be reviewed, copied or scanned in the reading room.

No general right of authorisation exists as it is in all instances dependent on the number of available workstations in the reading room.

 

Application Materials

Professors should submit a short CV and a concise description of their research topic as well as the intended duration of their research stay.

Doctoral and post-doctoral candidates need to provide a detailed summary of their dissertation and a letter of recommendation from their supervising professor; these materials should clearly state the research topic and demonstrate the need to utilise the library of the Max Planck Institute. Additionally, the application should precisely state the intended duration of the requested research stay.

Professorial research assistants should submit a letter from their responsible professor which precisely describes the task assigned to the assistant to be carried out in the library.

 

Scope of Authorisation

Institute Scholarship recipients, professors, post-doctoral candidates, doctoral candidates and (in limited instances), professorial research assistants will upon written approval of their application be afforded full access to the Institute library for the duration of the authorisation period, including access to the library stacks and the periodicals room. Upon request, personal workstations with internet access for private laptops may be available. The requested research stay of doctoral candidates should not exceed one year. Access to the library by German doctoral candidates during the months of July and August is limited as the infrastructure of the library is principally reserved for international visitors during these months.