The UFZ library

The UFZ library collects and indexes the technical literature relevant to the UFZ as an international competence centre for environmental research.

The library is happy to assist you with the following questions, among others:
- all aspects of literature research or management
- open access
- bibliometry
- personal academic identification management (e.g. ORCID)
- notification of publications and automatic generation of publication lists on own websites

Our print stocks are located in Leipzig, Halle and Magdeburg.

Your library during the lockdown

Contact person on site
The libraries at the Magdeburg and Halle locations are staffed on Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. The library at the Leipzig location is staffed from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays.
The library premises are accessible at all times. In Leipzig, please contact the ASU office for access. Library keys are available there.


Borrowing and returning items is possible around the clock. You must sign a list on site to indicate when you borrowed which book. These borrowings will then be transferred to your account within a few days. Reservations and book orders are also still possible. (

Interlibrary loans during the Corona restrictions

Currently, there are considerable restrictions on the supply of digital interlibrary loan items and articles. These concern in particular Elsevier publications. We are happy to take your orders, but ask for your understanding for longer delivery times.

Springer e-book collections

We have access to the database Springer Experiments (former Protocols) for the years 1980 to 2021.
This allows you to access the full texts of more than 60.000 laboratory protocols in biomedicine and life sciences. Included are the following series:

Methods in Molecular Biology
Methods in Biotechnology
Methods in Molecular Medicine
Methods In Pharmacology and Toxicology

Access is granted via IP-adress under the following link:
Springer Protocols

Here you will get further information regarding the e-books UFZ Springer my collection.pdf and Springer Experiments SN Experiments for Helmholtz UFZ May 2021(1).pdf

DEAL - Information on submitting papers to WILEY

DEAL Wiley - FAQ information for authors
DEAL Wiley - general information

Predatory Journals

We already breifed you with several emails and information on our library homepage regarding predatory journals. Here you can find FAQ from the Helmholtz Open Science Office (sorry, only in german language). Here you can find a list of predatory journals .


Theme: "Changing climate"

Climate change is currently the greatest global challenge facing mankind. CO2 emissions rose to a record high in 2018 and sea levels are rising faster than ever. Extreme weather events are on the increase. Can global warming still be limited, or is mankind slipping into a hot age? What must climate policy look like today and what can individuals do to protect the climate in order to achieve the necessary climate targets?
We have compiled literature on the subject from the UFZ library in a small exhibition for you.

Did you already know .....?

This is our new category. In each month we will point out some issues of our library homepage wich should be from higher interest for you.

In August/September: the fifty most cited UFZ publications from Web of Science:

Natural Sciences Social Sciences

Opening hours

Central library in Leipzig
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 - 16:00 hrs |  Friday: 8:30 - 15:00 hrs
Floor plan of the UFZ central library in Leipzig

Library branch in Halle
Monday to Thursday: 10:30 - 15:30 hrs | Friday: 9:00 - 13:30 hrs

Library branch in Magdeburg
Monday to Thursday: 9:00 - 13:00 hrs | Friday: 9:00 - 12:00 hrs
Floor plan of the UFZ library branch in Magdeburg