Szilárd Library

Access to scientific literature and resources

The Library was opened on the 20th November 1979 and it is named after the Hungarian-American scientist Leo Szilárd, who in part initiated the idea of EMBL.


The library staff are currently working from home and do their best to maintain normal operations. However, please note that due to the current situation response times are significantly higher than normal. We thank you for your understanding and apologise for the inconvenience. Please note the current rules for the use of the library at the Heidelberg campus.

The Szilárd Library supports EMBL researchers and staff at all six sites.

The Szilárd Library supports and enables EMBL’s research and training in the life sciences through its services, collections, expertise and facilities. By providing access to information resources, fostering Open Science and Open Access and curating EMBL publications the Szilárd Library actively supports the scientific user community throughout the whole research and publishing lifecycle.

Our team

Library office

Location: ATC Room A19.03
Tel: +49 6221 387-8652
Email: library@embl.de
Address: Meyerhofstraße 1, 69117 Heidelberg, Germany

Library & Reading room

Location: Main building 1E, 2nd floor, Room 216
Opening hours: EMBL staff may access the Library 24/7 using their EMBL card.