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Library profile

The University Library is a central service facility of the LMU.

The Library's main function is the provision of literature and information services to the staff and students of the LMU. In addition it provides an infrastructure enabling the members of the LMU to publish their scholarly works and research data on an open access basis. These data are then available free of charge to users all over the world.


The University Library consists of

  • the Zentralbibliothek (Main Library)
  • the Lernzentrum Leo 13 (Leo 13 Learning Centre, formerly: the Zentrale Lehrbuchsammlung / Central Textbook Collection)
  • 14 Subject Libraries
  • the Library of the Klinikum Großhadern in cooperative partnership
  • over 56 additional libraries of the LMU, with all holdings indexed in the online catalogue.

The University Library's collections in figures

  • Total number of media: 5,494,408 (as of 2023), among these
    • textbooks 156,417
    • subscriptions to print journals and newspapers 4,166
  • licensed electronic journals 70,480
  • e-Books 347,840
  • subject-related databases 781
  • Publications hosted on the University Libraries repositories (as of 2023)
    • documents on Open Access LMU 35,758
    • documents on Elektronische Dissertationen der LMU 20,217
    • documents on Munich Personal RePEc Archive (MPRA) 57,515
    • data sets on Open Data LMU 185

Annual Reports

If you would like to learn more about the services and activities of the University Library you may like to take a look at our annual reports.