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Founded in 1731 in Nuremberg, the library contains over 260,000 volumes, monographs and journals on the natural sciences and medicine. It is both a rich historical archive and a bountiful source of current scientific knowledge.

Core subject areas are publications on the history of science, especially the natural sciences and medicine, as well as writings of scientific societies and associations. The extensive collection of scientific and medical works is housed on six floors and was created primarily through the exchange of Academy publications with partners worldwide and through donations from Academy members.

All literature is available for viewing or borrowing in the reading hall of the Leopoldina located at Emil-Abderhalden-Straße 36 in Halle/Saale. External users may place requests via interlibrary loan. The electronic catalogue OPAC can be accessed online.

Reading room opening hours

Tuesday: 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday: 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 16:00

Locked signature groups

Please note that the signature groups


cannot be made available for use at present until further notice due to conservation measures. If you have any questions, please contact the library staff.




August-Bebel-Str. 50a
06108 Halle (Saale)

Phone 0345 - 47 239 - 147
Fax 0345 - 47 239 - 149
E-Mail bibliothek (at)leopoldina.org