Welcome to the Library of the IGB!

Journal display at the Library in Berlin Friedrichshagen. | Foto: IGB

About the Library

Since the founding of the Königliches Institut für Binnenfischerei at the beginning of the 20th century the Library has been located in the institute’s building at Lake Müggelsee. Since the beginning, its collections have grown and today they contain almost 50,000 items as well as electronic media. However, the mission of the Library has always been the same: We provide academic research services primarily for the scientists working at the IGB, mainly on the following subjects:

  • limnology
  • ecohydrology
  • geohydrology
  • fisheries sciences
  • water resource management

The Library has two locations: the main Library is located in Berlin Friedrichshagen and a smaller satellite library is in Neuglobsow. We organize the loan of media from both locations.

Collections and Holdings

Our print collections comprise about 48,000 catalogued items, mainly books, periodicals, reprints, and research reports. We also preserve historical collections and archival documents from the IGB‘s former institutions. Special collections such as the "Ditton-Library" contain unique resources on the social and economic value of recreational fishing. The Library also takes care of the IBG's institutional bibliography. Currently, over 4,400 IGB publications can be found online.
For the scientists at the IGB we provide licenses to full-text articles through Wiley, Elsevier, Springer, JSTOR, Nature, BioOne, and Oxford. Online we have access to ebooks and journal archives with more than 8,200 titles. Additionally, we provide access to Web of Science.

Using the Library

All our holdings can be found online in our catalogue. A guide to finding resources is available on our intranet site. Books and other Library items are non-circulating, and all members of the IGB have access 24/7. External users wishing to visit the Library are kindly asked to get in contact with us. The Library staff is happy to assist you by email, phone, or in person.

Please note the General Library Rules and Regulations and see our flyer below for more information.

Cooperation and Networks


Library Rules of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) Berlin

Library Rules of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB) -Neuglobsow

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