Max Planck Society

Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law

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Online version Handwörterbuch des Europäischen Privatrechts

The Library of the Max-Planck Institute comprises more than 550,000 volumes. Each year approximately 7,000 volumes are added to the collection. Subscriptions to approximately 1,600 journals are maintained. Each year more than 1,000,000 Euros are spent on the purchasing and binding, approximately 80% of this figure is represented by foreign literature.

Corresponding to the research work of the Insititute, the Libary primarily focuses its selections in the areas of international private law and procedure, comparative law and private law harmonisations from throughout the world. Furthermore, the library maintains a considerable holding of reference materials, bibliographies and language resources as well as works in neighbouring fields, particularly in the fields of international law, public law, legal methodology and legal history as well as in economics and the social sciences. Above all however, the Library gathers literature on foreign civil law. The Library strives to offer the most significant sources of law (statutes and case law) as well as the most significant legal journals and a core of monographic literature from approximately 200 countries of the world. Simultaneously the Library is continually seeking to add to its collection.


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Statistical Data on the Library

  2014 2015 2016 2017
Collection (Volumes) 525.793 533.128 540.719 546.825
- New Acquisitions (Volumes) 8.122 7.765 6.773 6.485
Current Subscriptions (incl. Law Gazettes and Collections of Decisions)        
- Domestic 323 326 315 310
- Foreign 1.460 1.427 1.381 1.329
CD-Roms 1.482 1.537 1.572 1.588
- New Acquisitions 62 55 35 16