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
    A part of the library’s monographs and monographic series collection is available online; it includes titles published under the Elsevier Life Sciences Book Package and the SpringerProtocols/MMB as well as selected titles from various publishers like Wiley and Karger. You can also find somoe eBooks published by the Nature Publishing Group (supplementary material) and titles made available online via NCBI’s Bookshelf. We also provide online access to various encyclopedias and reference material.  Furthermore, in our online collection you can find links to digitization projects like Darwin Online and the Project Gutenberg.
    You can easily access the online collection from our catalogue and by selecting the option E-book under the Browse by Format menu.
    Other material available online:
    Full text access online is available for a part of our EMBL theses collection. You can recognize EMBL Theses with attached pdfs from the 'Get Full Text' link included in their records.
    Finally, in our online collection you can find audiovisual material like the Henry Stewart Talks, the NIH videocasts and EMBL’s pink and Science and Society seminars.
  3. printed book collection – books can be acquired for
  • the library
  • a group or lab within EMBL (HD or outstations)
  • 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.


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.