Fachbibliothek Umwelt (Environmental Library)

View into the environmental library in DessauClick to enlarge
The Fachbibliothek Umwelt is the largest environmental library in the German-speaking world.
Source: Umweltbundesamt

The Environmental Library is a resource for the UBA’s research, as well as for many external users. It has grown to become the largest environmental library in the German-speaking world.

In the course of measures being taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Environmental Library is closed at all three locations (Dessau, Berlin, Bad Elster). Materials on loan will be renewed automatically. Our online service will continue to operate and is available here together with the latest news. For urgent matters, please contact the library via email at bibliothek [at] uba [dot] de or phone on (+49) (0)340  2103 2304. Thank you for your understanding!

The largest environmental library in the German-speaking world, with branches in Dessau-Roßlau, Berlin and Bad Elster, contains more than 500,000 books, about 320,000 eBooks, more than 1,500 printed journals, about 30,000 ejournals and other sources of information.
The library is an open access library kept available for the needs of the UBA-employees. However, the books at each of the three branches are also available to and can be taken out by members of the general public.

The OPAC (Online-Public-Access-Catalogue) enables users to search the stock of the Federal Environment Agency's Library and to determine their availability and location. Registered users of the library can use the OPAC to manage their user account independently and renew, order or reserve borrowed media.

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Opening hours of the Environmental Library branch in Dessau

Monday to Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Opening hours of the Environmental Library branch at Bismarckplatz, Berlin

Monday, closed
Tuesday, noon to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 3 p.m.
Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.

The UBA office building Berlin-Grunewald (Bismarckplatz) will remain closed until about 2025/26 due to renovation and modernization work. The address of the temporary accommodation, which will also temporarily house the Berlin branch of the Environmental Library, is:

City Campus 

Umweltbundesamt

Haus 3, Eingang 3A

Buchholzweg 8

13627 Berlin, Germany

Opening hours of the Environmental Library branch in Bad Elster

Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Informations to the stock and use of library

  • New acquisitions of the library

    New acquisitions, which can be borrowed via the German Interlibrary Loan or directly from the Environmental Library respectively viewed there:

    Lists with new acquisitions (only in German)

  • Selected bibliographies of the Fachbibliothek Umwelt (Environmental Library)

    Here you will find all Selected bibliographies of the Fachbibliothek Umwelt (Environmental Library) arranged alphabetically in German.

    List of selected bibliographies (only in German)

  • Publications of employees of UBA

    Articles or books published by UBA employees can be found in the library catalog (OPAC), citable and with all bibliographical references. For most of them the full text is also available as a PDF document. The publications sorted by years are now also available as PDF lists.

    Lists of employee publications (only in German)