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Research Library and Information Services

The library of the Leibniz-Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK) is a scientific special library with a collection holding over 80.000 media units.


Main task of the library is to supply the IPK staff with literature.

As a public library all services are also available for external users, this especially concerns the external companies that are located on the IPK Campus.
The participation in the leibniz-consortium enables the online access to numerous scientific journals.

The collection of the library is focused on the following subjects: botany, plant genetics, cytology, cell & tissue culture, molecular cell biology of plants, agricultural crop farming, plant taxonomy and crop plant research.
Especially to point out is the collection of flora, which is special taxonomic literature that describes plant species.

The library is part of the nationwide interlibrary loan-system with the sigel „GAT1“



  • For the application please approach the library staff!
  • On every first Friday of the month a bilingual guided tour takes place.
  • The monographs and journals in the open access area are available during the opening hours.
  • The regular loan period is 4 weeks, different regulations are possible.
  • Literature thats not part of our collection can be ordered with the german  interlibrary loan-system – this is also possible for external users (see schedule of fees).
  • Several Internet workstations, reading places and also two quiet study rooms on the first floor are available.
  • On the ground-floor is a copying machine with scan function located.