Using the Institute library
Legal scholars from Germany and abroad who work in the fields of foreign and international private and commercial law and harmonisation of the law are very welcome to join us as guests in our library. Each year, more than 1,000 guest scholars from around the world conduct research at our library.
Please note: As of 2023 we can again accommodate new visiting scholars in the reading rooms as occupancy in the reading rooms returns to full capacity in the new year. However, because of substantial demand, there are currently very few spots available.
Access for multi-day research stays
The comprehensive use of the library for multiple days of research with an individual workspace and access to the library stacks and periodical rooms is reserved to doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and professors.
Further information on the authorisation process for self-funded multi-day research stays is available here.
Admission of Day Guests
Individuals needing to review literature on short notice and individuals who are not doctoral candidates, post-doctoral candidates or professors may receive permission to use the library upon demonstration of a significant academic interest that cannot be satisfied by other libraries. Use of the library as a day guest is possible from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, with access limited to the library reading rooms. Applications will be evaluated on an individual basis and must be made in advance and in writing.
To obtain authorization, please fully complete the application for day guest access (available here as PDF or Word document) and send it to the Head of Reader Services. Within a week you will receive a response to your request. Individuals granted permission by the Head of Reader Services will be allowed to review (or copy or scan) a maximum of five volumes per day in the library reading room on the agreed upon date.
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