The Library

The Library

Library search portal

The library search portal ELISA lists the entire print holdings of the library as well as electronic materials of various resources relating to relevant subjects of the institute. ELISA is recommended to be used as a main access point to locate items of the library, publications of MPI-MMG researchers, e-books, open access articles and articles of special subject journals.

Book collection

The library of the MPI-MMG mainly focuses on the topics of religious studies, anthropology, political science and international law. Currently our library holdings contain about 45,000 volumes (as of june 2019) with an annual increase of about 4000 items.

The inventory of the former MPI for History is located in the Historical Building of the SUB Göttingen (Address: Papendiek 14) and contains 102,000 volumes.


In addition to the book collection the library has approximately 230 printed journal subscriptions.

The Electronic Journals Library provides access to over 20,000 e-journals available for the staff of the MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. 


An overview of Online Databases provided by the MPI for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity or centrally licensed by the Max Planck Society is available at MPG.ReNa.

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