How many items do you have in the library?

The Oberwolfach library hosts around 66,000 volumes of books, 24,000 e-books, 32,000 volumes of printed journals, more than 900 current subscriptions to journals (printed and/or electronically) as well as about 9,000 additional licensed electronic journals (including German National Licences).

How can I find a certain book?

Please use the Library Search Portal. You can access it from the computers available in the library or from abroad. You may search for complete books or journals as well as individual chapters or articles. If you can’t find a certain book, our librarian is pleased to assist you.

Can I take a book into my room or borrow it for some time?

Books are not allowed to be taken out of the conference and library building. Long term researchers (participants of the RIP programme or Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows) may take books temporarily to their rooms putting one of the “substitute books” in the created gap. The substitutes can be found in the library.

How can I make photocopies?

Use the photocopy machine in the copy room in the lower floor of the library next to the library office. Instructions are given on a sheet next to the machine.

How do I access electronic journals and books?

E-journals and e-books can be accessed via our website You may use one of the computers in the library or your own device within the network (Wifi or LAN) of the Institute. Please note that special terms of use apply to electronic journals and books.