Szilárd Library

Access to scientific literature and resources

Library services at a glance


Library account – check out, reserve and renew book loans, create a list of favorite resources, and order titles that are not available in the collection

ORCID – all EMBL staff is encouraged to register and regularly update the ORCID accounts

eLABJournal – an electronic lab notebook that helps organize and save the research lab procedures

iThenticate – the plagiarism detection software for theses and scientific publications

Reading room

Library and the reading room are located in ATC B29.01 – upper part of the former VIP Lounge/Executive Suite. The reading room is always open to users. 

Its facilities include workspaces with monitors, public access iMacs, a lounge area with print issues of magazines and local daily newspapers. Printer is available and is located on the opposite side of the library (end of A helix).


The Szilárd Library holds mainly life science subjected collection responding to EMBL research groups and facilities. It also includes career and personal development and popular science publications and a special collection of EMBL monographs such as thesis, and alumni-related titles. 

Material not found in the library collection can be borrowed via inter-library loan or purchased as a suggestion.

Library provides book loans shipping to other EMBL sites via EMBL internal post. Regrettably, for the time being, it is not possible to loan library items to other libraries.


Access to e-journals is IP-based and it is restricted to Heidelberg, Hamburg, Grenoble and Rome. Staff at EMBL-EBI and EMBL-Barcelona are served by the Sanger and UPF libraries accordingly.

Subscribed Methods and Protocols can be browsed here.

As for the content without a subscription, articles can be ordered as PDFs from the publisher to be paid from the research group budget or scanned copies via an inter-library loan to be paid from the library budget.

Publication management

The Szilárd Library is tasked with maintaining and curating publications’ records in EMBL’s Current Research Information System Converis

Publications imported to Converis become visible to researchers’ personal and group pages. 

For importing their pre-EMBL publications researchers are supported with Wiki.

Open Access

The Szilárd Library has adopted Open Access as a core point of its mission and provides counseling and a number of discounts, agreements, and prepayment schemes for Open Access publishing. 

More information on Open Access and publication services at EMBL can be found here.