The Library and Information Service (BIS) is the joint library for the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and five institutes of the Center for Earth System Science and Sustainability. The cooperation with some university institutes regarding the library exists since the foundation of the MPI-M in 1975.



Closed due to COVID-19

In view of the current threat posed by the corona virus, the BIS for Earth System Science will be closed until 20 April 2020.

  • No books can be borrowed or returned during the period of closure.
  • Interlibrary Loan is not possible in some cases.
  • Loan periods are automatically extended accordingly.
  • Preregistered media can be picked up when reopening.

Please contact us via bis.erdsystem@we dont want  if you have any questions.  Otherwise, any problems that arise can be resolved at a later date.

Please use the extensive online offer of the Max Planck Society or the University of Hamburg for your work. We will be happy to help you with any access problems. Please send your Email to carola.kauhs@we dont want


Quick search in our catalogue

Publications of the MPI-M

The publications' metadata and fulltexts are stored on the Max-Planck-Society's repository MPG.PuRe

Publication lists for the departments or our scientific working groups can be found on their web pages. Recent publicationsand more publicationlists are generated in the Science area.

Since 2004 the institute publishes the Reports on Earth System Science which include scienctific and technical reports and doctoral theses. Until 2004 the MPI-Report and the Examensarbeiten were the institutional report series.

Some Important Services

Scientists of the Max-Planck-Institute have remote access via our EZProxy or VPN. More information on the intranet  (Login required)

The Max Planck Society offers various scientific information resources and tools. Available are Web of Science or Scopus and many special abstracts- and fulltext databases.

Electronic Journals Library (EZB) provides a simple and direct access to the contents of thousands of electronic journals. It includes all e-journals subscribed to by our institute, all e-journals centrally licensed by the MPS, as well as numerous e-journals that are available for free on the internet.

Online Journals 

We cannot offer all e-book titles via our library catalogue. All licensed e-books are searchable via the central catalogue of the MPS.

E-books Catalogue

For any help in literature or information provision please contact the library team. Please ask for an individual library tour or look for more information on our  Homepage