If you have any questions about the library please write to or contact one of the librarians:

Verena Franke:
fon: +49 7834 979-36

Jennifer Hinneburg:
fon: +49 7834 979-37


The Library at Oberwolfach

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Cancellation of the current Elsevier contract as of 31 December 2016

In consultation with more than 60 major German academic and research institutions, the Oberwolfach Library cancelled all subscriptions to online journals provided by Elsevier Publishing, effective 31 December 2016. Read more...

About the Library

The Library of the MFO primarily provides service to the invited guests of the Institute. It supplies, for this purpose, printed and electronic media in all fields of pure and applied mathematics. The library is open for invited guests of the Institute; other persons wishing to use the library require permission from the Institute's director. Being a reference library, no works can be lent to individuals off site. RiP-guests and Oberwolfach Leibniz Fellows (OWLF) only are allowed to take books/journals to their room.

The collection currently contains around 60,000 volumes of books, about 10,000 e-books, 31,000 volumes of printed journals, more than 600 current subscriptions to journals (printed and/or electronically) as well as about 5,000 additional licensed electronic journals (including German National Licences).

Library Extension

To ensure that the working conditions for the mathematicians are not facing any limits in the future, both, the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and the VolkswagenStiftung, allocated the sum of 408.000 Euro each (in total 816.000 Euro) to the MFO for the extension of the library building. [more]


We are very grateful for additional support which we received in the past years especially for our library.
In particular we wish to thank:

all publishers participating in our Book Exhibition Programme
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Carl Friedrich von Siemens Stiftung
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Klaus Tschira Stiftung
Marga und Kurt Möllgaard-Stiftung
Oberwolfach Foundation
Siemens AG
Verein zur Förderung des Mathematischen Forschungsinstituts Oberwolfach (Friends of Oberwolfach)
Volkswagen AG