Using the Institute library

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.  

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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.

Access for day guests

Interested parties seeking short-term access to library resources who are not doctoral or post-doctoral researchers or professors may be granted permission to use the library on a case-by-case basis if they have a serious scholarly interest that cannot be fulfilled at other libraries. Library use is granted on a daily basis with personal registration in advance, and is limited to the reading rooms.

Authorisation is granted by the Head of Reader Services and is only possible during the library’s service hours. Day guests may request retrieval of a maximum of twelve items per day from the library stacks to be used in the reading room during the service hours.

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