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.

As part of the measures to contain the spread of the Corona virus, there are special opening hours at the three library locations. The access modalities can be found at the individual branches:

Dessau, tuesdays from 9 a. m. - 12:30 a. m., Wednesdays from 9 a. m. - 3:30 p. m. and thursdays from 12:30 a. m. - 4 p. m. (and if necessary at additional times by telephone arrangement under 0340 / 2103 2304 or via bibliothek [at] uba [dot] de).

- Access for external library users: OP-mask obligation, pre-registration via telephone, proof of presence, no test obligation


Berlin, tuesdays and thursdays from 9 a. m. - 12 a. m., wednesdays from 12 a. m. - 3 p. m. (and if necessary at additional times by telephone arrangement under 030 / 8903 5478 or via bibliothek [at] uba [dot] de)

- Access for external library users (1 user per 10m²): OP-mask obligation, pre-registration via telephone, proof of presence, no testing obligation


Bad Elster, tuesdays to thursdays from 9:30 a.m. - 12 a.m. and from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. (and if necessary at additional times by telephone arrangement under 037437 / 7-6257 or via bibliothek [at] uba [dot] de)

- Access for external library users: OP mask requirement, pre-registration via telephone, proof of presence, no testing obligation (up to an incidence of 35)


Please keep distance and follow the hygiene rules described in a separate notice when entering the libraries! Our electronic service is available continuously. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to be able to welcome you again soon at normal opening hours!

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.

 

Regular 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.

Regular 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

Regular 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)