As an important scientific information infrastructure and service facility, the library of the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin supports scientists through the entire research process.
The competences of the library are the information gathering and supply as well as the management of paper-based information and digital licenses. Further tasks are the maintenance and digital indexing of the collections of valuable historical books and special monographs, which support the information supply but also have their own historical and scientific-historical value as objects of the collection.
The Museum für Naturkunde Berlin comprises the libraries of the former Zoological Museum, the Palaeontological Museum and the Mineralogical Museum at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität zu Berlin. All in all, the library holds 374,000 items (including maps and extracted articles). The library subscribes to over 700 printed journals and 5,262 e-journals (as of 2015), which are spread over approx. 15 different locations within the museum.