In the Central Geographical Library, the Archive for Geography, and its cartography, the IfL has three highly efficient research facilities. Library and archive provide a comprehensive collection of specialised literature and primary sources for scientists working at the Institute. Turning space-oriented knowledge into detailed and readable maps that comply with scientific standards is the main task of the classic and digital cartography at the institute. The resources of all three infrastructures are a prerequisite for excellent science. At the same time they provide important impulses for research at the IfL in terms of content and methodology.