The German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) – Information Centre for Life Sciences is a key component of German and European information infrastructure in the field of life sciences. It is also a driving force behind the creation of an interconnected digital knowledge base. Drawing on the extensive resources of its unique holdings, ZB MED offers key opportunities for researchers to acquire information and utilise research data in the life sciences arena. As a service provider for life sciences research, ZB MED is the perfect partner for anyone who wishes to take a more innovative approach to acquiring, processing and exploiting scientific information and research data. ZB MED is committed to the concept of Open Access (OA) and provides comprehensive support in this area.
ZB MED’s core mission according to the foundation objectives
The ZB MED foundation’s goal is to ensure the national provision of information and literature in the fields of medicine, health care, nutritional, environmental and agricultural sciences – including the relevant basic sciences and related subject areas – for the purposes of research, teaching and practical application. One of the foundation’s primary tasks is to work on behalf of specific target groups to acquire, catalogue, archive and provide access to German and foreign literature and all other types of analogue and digital information media. The foundation also carries out research and development projects in the field of information science, driving forward this general area of research while simultaneously improving the provision of information and literature by the foundation itself.
To achieve its objectives, the foundation collaborates with Cologne University and Bonn University. It also works with other institutions that are engaged in scientific research and information provision in its subject areas.
(§ 2 of the ZB MED Foundation Statutes)
ZB MED’s target groups
ZB MED’s core mission is profoundly shaped by its focus on the evolving needs of its priority target groups. ZB MED’s primary target groups include life science researchers at German universities and non-academic research institutions in the Leibniz Association as well as researchers working in other environments.