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Leibniz-Institut für Länderkunde 
Geographische Zentralbibliothek
Schongauerstr. 9
04328 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 341 600 55-127
Fax: +49 341 600 55-198

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 4 pm

Additional opening hours are possible after consultation. Please contact us for details: Tel. +49 341 600-55 127

One of the largest geographical specialist libraries in Germany

The main emphasis of the Central Geographical Library [Geographische Zentralbibliothek, GZB] at the IfL is on literature on human geo­graphy, augmented by physical geography and related disciplines such as planning, regional history and cartography. The library of German Heimat-journals offers extensive material for local and regional studies.

The GZB has a collection of valuable historical books and atlases. An important part of the collection are the 60 000 maps as well as statistical materials. The library maintains a wide exchange of books and publications with over 1200 partners around the world. Recent literature can be found in the online catalogue of GZB [] and K10plus network database.

Reference books and textbooks, statistics on Germany, Central and Eastern Europe as well as the current issues of major geographical journals are freely access­ible in the reading room. Copies of journal articles can be ordered.


In the reading room, the latest literature is available to everyone. If necessary, the staff help with the search in the collections. More recent publications can be found on the GZB´s online catalog, which contains a total of over 150,000 records, including numerous articles from geographical journals.

Online catalogue