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Migration of MPG/SFX Services

MPG/SFX services will be migrated to a new server environment on

Tuesday, 13th of December, 2022

and will be unavailable for several hours.

Please note that additional downtimes may occur during the day.

MPG/SFX URLs and IP address will remain unchanged.

Delivery of Elsevier articles (details see here) and other documents will be delayed.

To locate electronic resources during the downtime please see MPG.ReNa.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Update: Migration delayed due to technical issues. Downtimes and service disruptions may occur later today!

HTTPS only for MPG/SFX and MPG.eBooks

As of next week, all http requests to the MPG/SFX link resolver will be redirected to a corresponding https request.

The Max Planck Society electronic Book Index is scheduled to be switched to https only access the week after, starting on November 27, 2017.

Regular web browser use of the above services should not be affected.

Please thoroughly test any solutions that integrate these services via their web APIs.

Please consider re-subscribing to MPG.eBooks RSS feeds.

MPG.ReNa via https only

The MPG Resource Navigator MPG.ReNa is now accessible via https only.

If in doubt, please double-check any routines and applications loading or embedding content via MPG.ReNa APIs.

Please note that you may need to re-subscribe to resource feeds, or update URLs of RSS widgets in your Content Management System, etc.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

vLib discontinued

The Max Planck virtual Library has been scheduled for termination a considerable while ago.

After a long period of continued availability, vLib services have eventually been downsized.

Most search targets have been deactivated. User login has been disabled. Please click here for more information.

Note that most MPG Library Catalogs continue to be cross-searchable.

Successor to vLib is MPG.ReNa for browsing electronic resources, and its Find Literature service for global searching.

We apologize for any inconvenience,

The vLib project team

Zotero no longer working with vLib records

after upgrading to Firefox 17 the download-record-to-Zotero icon may presently fail to appear in the navigation bar

vLib full record Zotero icon

for more information see

you may wish to update your MODS translator immediately by following the link and instructions provided by Zotero developer Dan Stillman

we understand that the updated version of the translator will be rolled out soon

vLib WoK search mangled

Please see for Web of Knowledge databases as available in vLib.

As a consequence of an unexpected change of web services (i.e. services required by vLib to search databases in the background, and present results), Web of Science databases (e.g. A&HCI, SCI, SSCI) are no longer searchable through a single resource – see Web of Science – hence no vLib search checkbox is available for Web of Science at the moment.

In addition, integration of remaining WoK databases (Biosis Previews, INSPEC, Zoological Record) has turned out to be problematic and error-prone (at least INSPEC search had to be switched off entirely, investigation is continuing).

Please drop us a comment if you appreciate a stable, cross-searchable interface to search WoK databases in vLib.

Thank you in advance,

The vLib project team

Find resources in vLib, autocomplete

An autocomplete service has been added to vLib forms that enable searching for appropriate information resources.

It’s available for resource title and publisher input fields at

Just type any term (presently a minimum of three characters) to display a list of resources matching the input right below the form field.

To navigate through suggestions use the mouse or cursor up/down. To select an entry, click on it or press enter.

The service behind it has been designed to consider all title variants of a resource (or publisher name variants, respectively).

However, the list of suggestions actually shown contains display titles only (suggesting any title variants would be rather confusing and would unnecessarily bloat the list).

If you type some entry, and if matches are found, it’s obvious that some of the resource titles suggested do not seem to contain the string entered, for example:

vLib autocomplete

This is because the term does not always match part of a vLib display title, but only part of the full or alternative title of the resource that is being suggested.

If you follow a suggestion, resource titles may be verified by opening the info window (by clicking the i-button):

vLib autocomplete

In our example, resource info reveals that the resource was suggested because of its former name which is still recorded in vLib.

Any feedback (comments, etc.) is most welcome.