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About the library

The literature in the library is oriented towards the areas of research that are dealt with at the MDC.

Special emphasis of the collection is therefore placed on the literature of Molecular Medicine, and in accordance with particular research activities of the institution, also covers Medical Genetics, Cell Biology, Hypertension, Cardiology, Oncology, and Neuroscience.


Max-Delbrück-Centrum für Molekulare Medizin
13092 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 9406 2150
Fax: +49 30 9406 3342

Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

MDC members have access to the library at any time via the keycard system.

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Circulation policies and borrowing tips


Access to the library is set up (through a magnetic card system) in such a way, that members of the MDC can comfortably use the facilities even outside regular operating hours.

For external library users, including those working on the Campus but not members of the MDC, the library acts as a reference library, and offers some its services within its working hours of Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Excluded are any third-party services provided by the library, and use of its inter-library loan system.

Borrowing of any library material is restricted to MDC staff members previously registered at the library. They see to it that, during office hours, any literature on loan is available for other users on short notice.

The loan system is restricted to monographs only, where books can be borrowed for up to four weeks. Journals, both bound and unbound, cannot be borrowed.

External users have no borrowing privileges, as all of the library holdings need to be at the disposal of the MDC staff at all times. These holdings are directly accessible in the open-stack magazines, so that users can help themselves to all books and periodicals, and therefore copy any article they wish on their own.

A card-operated copy machine with print- and scan function and a microfiche printer are at their disposal. Copy cards can be obtained at the lending desk, and are charged to the users' current accounts. They authorize their receipt with their signature.

Guide through the library

Guided tours through the library are offered each Friday.
Meeting point: entrance area of the library reading room
Time: 9:30 a.m.

Users looking for a journal title from the existing MDC inventory should refer to the Journal Database, that is searchable or displays the titles (Online & Print) alphabetically organized. The bound journals in the stacks are arranged according to call numbers, with the lowest call numbers beginning across from the lending desk. The series, which are labeled as such in the periodicals directory, begin with the lowest call number and start in the left hand corner of the reading room, arranged in a likewise consecutively numbered fashion.

Users have direct access to all periodical material and can copy articles themselves.

In the lending desk area next to the periodical literature, users can also find dictionaries, reference material, lexicons, and statute books.