The library and its services

The HZB's scientific special library procures the required literature - as a loan or by purchase, electronically or on paper, from its own inventory or through interlibrary loan, and also at your workplace in the web browser via direct links on the provider pages or with the help of literature databases.

It supports and advises on publishing in scientific journals (with a focus on Open Access) and concludes publication agreements with publishers. It ensures the quality of the literature database and records all publications from the HZB environment there.

The archive contains all records of the HZB since 1957.


Memorandum of Understanding with Springer Nature - Contract likely to start 1.1.2020

The DEAL Negotiating Commission has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with Springer Nature. The new DEAL contract is expected to start on 1.1.2020.

This to date worldwide largest Publish & Read contract will enable access to a journal portfolio with approx. 2,500 titles and make more than 13,000 publications in Springer Nature journals from Germany available in Open Access per year (about 9,500 articles in the subscription journals and approx. 3,500 further articles in the original Open Access journals of Springer Nature).

Publications in Wiley journals from July 2019

From July 2019, all publications by corresponding HZB authors will appear in Wiley journals under the CC BY license.

If you would like to publish there, please inform yourself beforehand about the changed procedure. General and very helpful information you may find with

Please select only the correct CC BY license.

IEEE Xplore - 4.8 million media items available

The IEEE Xplore collection of journal articles, conference papers, standards and e-books from the American Institute of Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has been available since the beginning of 2019. It contains over 4.8 million media.


Full-text databases INSPEC and Academic Search Ultimate

Since the beginning of 2019, the two literature databases

 INSPEC (abstracts and indexations from the fields of physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communication, control engineering, computer science, information technology, manufacturing, production and mechanical engineering)


 Academic Search Ultimate (full-text collection of about 10000 peer-reviewed journals covering all reseach areas)

are at your disposal.

Ways to reach us personally

The library staff are available during normal working hours (preferably by e-mail or by telephone).

Interlibrary loans and media can be picked up every work day from Mrs. Friedrich (DV 202) or Mrs. Thunert (DV 203).


Dr. Andreas Tomiak

Dr. Andreas Tomiak, ORCID 0000-0002-3952-5416

Library head

Tel:  +49 30 8062 - 42593

Fax: +49 30 8062 - 42953

Library ID: B 1505
ISIL: DE-B1505
ZDB Library ID (BIK): 181505-2
DBS ID Number: CR014
Library ID of EZB: HMIB


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