ZB MED (German National Library of Medicine) – Leibniz Information Centre for Life Sciences is Germany's central service centre for specialist information and professional research support in the field of life sciences. It specialises in the fields of medicine, health, and nutritional, environmental and agricultural science. ZB MED's primary goal is to support researchers and students working in the life sciences arena. To achieve that goal, ZB MED offers literature and specialist information in both digital and print formats – both on-site and through its various web portals – and constantly strives to enhance and expand the services it offers.
As a central infrastructure facility for science, research and real-world applications, ZB MED collects and provides access to a full scope of literature and publications containing scientific data and information. It makes these resources available in both print and digital formats, both for customers at its Cologne and Bonn locations and online wherever its users are. ZB MED’s customers primarily comprise researchers, students, librarians (in the role of key disseminators and practitioners) and public authorities.
The library’s holdings include a total of 1.6 million books and journal volumes. It stocks 38,400 journal titles and maintains ongoing subscriptions to 7,447 journals. Covering a broad range of life science topics, ZB MED is the world's largest library in its combination of subjects.
The LIVIVO search portal (www.livivo.de) can be used to track down, browse and order literature and information. ZB MED’s catalogue data is included as Linked Open Data (LOD) in international databases.
ZB MED runs its own open access portal – PUBLISSO (www.publisso.de) – and offers a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) service to ensure permanent archiving and accessibility of articles and research data. In collaboration with other institutions, ZB MED coordinates the open access portal Leibniz Open on behalf of the Leibniz Association.
ZB MED is involved in various collaborative projects and partnerships with both national and international institutions. One example is the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information (Goportis), a joint project with the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW). ZB MED also collaborates with the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Agricultural Library (both based in Bethesda, MD, USA), the “Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen”, the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig-Halle, and partner libraries in China.
In 2013 ZB MED won the TOTAL E-QUALITY award for a second time. This is presented to organisations which have successfully implemented gender equality in their personnel and organisational policies.