History and Collections

The founding of the „Königliches Naturalien-Kabinett” in 1791 provides also the first record of the museum’s library.

Today the scientific library is a reference library, which primarily serves the museum’s researchers and staff of all departments as well as visiting scientists and students. It also offers limited access to the general public.
The library is located in the administrative building of “Museum am Löwentor”.

The library comprises over 100.000 volumes – covering Biology (Zoology / Botany) and Palaeontology (with Geology/ Mineralogy).
About 1500 current journals in print and 150 current e-journals are available.



Card catalogues are gradually replaced by our Web Catalogue.

What you can find in the Web Catalogue :

  • Monographs :  All holdings from 2000 onwards + complete collections Botany, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Malacology, Mammalogy and most of Entomology
  • Journals in print :  All holdings from 2003 onwards (including title changes) + complete collections Botany, Herpetology, Ichthyology, Malacology, Mammalogy, Ornithology
  • All current e-journals

For the web catalogue please click here:

(English Button on the left side)

  • The complete stock of e-journals can be found on the Electronic Journals Library. Full texts are accessible on the museum’s premises.



Visitors are welcome - please make an appointment to ensure that library staff is present.
Limited amounts of paper copies and scans for personal use are permitted.

For further information and requests please contact the library team:   bibliothek [at] smns-bw [dot] de

Information, Acquisition, Cataloguing Monographs / Serials Tilmann Fischer, Phone +49 (0)711 8936 109
tilmann [dot] fischer [at] smns-bw [dot] de
Exchange of Publications, Bibliographic research / Inter Library Loans Sabine Petri, Phone +49 (0)711 8936 108
sabine [dot] petri [at] smns-bw [dot] de
Cataloguing Monographs Stefanie Schwarz, Phone +49 (0)711 8936 149
stefanie [dot] schwarz [at] smns-bw [dot] de