Within the Institute itself, library users have access to databases licensed by the Institute or the MPG (Max Planck Society) and to those available freely on the internet, this via the DBIS database information system operated by the University Library of Regensburg.
Library users also have access to academic full text journals via the EZB (Electronic Periodicals Library) within the Institute. These include the range of periodicals licensed by the Institute, almost all the titles included in the Max Planck Society's licensing subscription and those journals which are freely available on the internet itself.
In addition to electronic journals, the library provides full access to a constantly growing collection of e-books.
The titles, which have been acquired as single titles by the Library, can be used for research and consultation on any PC workstation within the KHI's intranet. An overview of the latest additions to the collection is available in the e-book Kiosk.
In addition, e-Books offered by the MPG and the German national licenses are available on all PC workstations within the KHI's intranet. One may search within the collection via the e-book catalog of the Max Planck Society, or via Meta-catalogs such as KVK or WorldCat.
A constantly spreading selection of digitized items – especially in the KHI´s Rare collection—may be consulted on DLC – Digital Libraries Connected.
The DLC is an open access platform for the publication of digitized documents and collections of currently four Max-Planck Libraries. Since 2013, the KHI provides access to digitized books from its own rare book section free of charge in this portal. The advanced search function allows retrieval using single or combined terms of the title, contents, full text where applicable as well as codicological metadata (description of the volume with information about condition, marginal glosses, handwritten ex-libris remarks, ex-libris, etc.). The digital collection of the KHI will be continuously updated with new additions.
As a central specialist portal, the virtual specialist library of art history, or arthistoricum.net, provides access to a diverse range of information on the subject of art history. This information includes catalogues, databases, full text collections, internet resources, thematic portals, reviews and much more. The portal's modular design is conducive to mutual maintenance and continual service upgrades.
The eRessource Navigator is an academic information portal operated by the Max Planck Society, which provides access to all Max Planck Institute library catalogues in addition to external catalogues, licensed reference databases, reference works, e-print servers, etc., through a common user interface.