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The task of the library in Oberwolfach is to acquire and to provide specialist literature from all fields of mathematics and its neighboring areas as complete as possible. In particular, the acquisition focuses on mathematical journals and monographs as well as on conference proceedings of the relevant academic publishers. Books are primarily acquired in printed form, while journals are preferred electronically. However, since 2014 e-books have also been sytematically acquired in addition to the printed stock. The relevant literature is either purchased, acquired in exchange for publications of the Institute, or received as a gift.

The library of the MFO is purely a reference library and open to research guests around the clock. The entire collection is available to the scientists without restrictions in the library building. There is no lending process, interlibrary loans are only possible in individually justified cases (e.g. sole procession).

The collection currently contains around 66,000 volumes of printed books, about 24,000 e-books, 32,000 bound 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).


The high significance of the library is also reflected in the great commitment of various foundations, such as the Klaus Tschira Stiftung gGmbH, the Volkswagen Foundation and the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation. For example, in 2007 the Klaus Tschira Stiftung and the Volkswagen Foundation have funded the extension of the library building in equal parts, creating space for another 20 years. The Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation has supported the Oberwolfach library since 1999 with regularly large amounts for the purchase of books. In 2015-2016 the MFO received support from the Volkswagen Foundation to modernize the library infrastructure of information and communication and to install compact shelves for the bound journal volumes. In addition, since 2004, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) has financed numerous projects within the funding program Scientific Library Services and Information Systems.

We are very grateful for any 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 Program
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

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]