The library provides access to a variety of services, either in electronic or hardcopy form as well as advice and training:

Access to scientific literature:

The core service of the library is the provision of access to scientific literature via

  1. e-journals
  2. e-books
  3. printed book collection – books can be acquired for
    1. the library
    2. a group or lab within EMBL (HD or outstations)
    3. individuals

Printed books can be ordered by using the library ordering system or by contacting the library directly.

Document delivery service/article & book loans:

If the library collection does not hold the specific material a reader is interested in, then there is a document-delivery service available. Within a short period of time this service will provide research articles or books to the researchers.  

Additional scientific resources – databases & protocols:

In addition scientific resources and databases are hosted by the library, covering a range from scientific literature databases to protocols and more.

Open access, copy right & access to the BMC scheme:

The library assists the researchers with advise concerning open access and copyright questions. It also manages the BioMed Central membership scheme for open access publishing.

Training:

In addition the library offers training for Endnote, Mendeley, Web of Science and PubMed.

Reading Room:

The reading room holds the printed collection of books, book series and journals. In addition there are a number of work areas for readers available, some 20 places for short- and some 12 places for long-term study. Furthermore, there are 10 dual-boot Macs (doubling as PCs) at the service of readers, as well as printing and copying facilities.