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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.


Open Access publishing in ACS journals now free of charge for HZB authors

For publications in journals of the American Society of Chemistry, the open access fees (CC BY licence) will be financed centrally by the library with the help of a new HGF consortium agreement from the acceptance date of 1 January 2023.

ACS offers a short info page on this, there you will find the conditions and circumstances for publication.

For this purpose, the authors (corresponding authors) only have to indicate their affiliation to the HZB on the publisher's page. The specification of the ORCID is highly recommended. After confirmation by the HZB library, the payment is done for them and the publication is made available by ACS.

Not only do the authors save a lot of time, but our administration is also relieved of the invoices and the associated work. As a result, avoidable delays are avoided and more transparency is created for all involved.

Open Research Europe: EU Open Access publishing platform

With Open Research Europe, the EU's new Open Access publishing platform for publications from Horizon 2020 and, in future, Horzion Europe, officially launches today, 25 March 2021.

New pages for authors in Project DEAL journals

Authors are offered newly compiled information on the DEAL project (Open Access for all articles in Wiley, Springer, Nature journals).

Publications in Gold Open Access journals will continue to be funded decentrally at the HZB, but will be managed and accounted for centrally.

Access to non-free content from outside HZB

For external access to provider pages with content licensed for HZB, please note these Hints.

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