Library, Documentation, and Information Services department

The Library, Documentation, and Information Services Department (organigram) is a central information unit at ESO. It consists of the Libraries and the Information Repository teams.

The ESO Libraries in Garching and Santiago support your research by
‣ providing access to publications and other scientific content 
‣ sharing with you developments in publishing and research communication 
‣ networking with astronomy librarians around the world to fulfill your information requests efficiently
‣ developing and maintaining tools to provide tailored metrics that help to assess ESO’s scientific impact 

The ESO Information Repository (PDM) manages and supports the centralization, organization, preservation and distribution of ESO institutional, project and product documentation.


Need help?

During the COVID-19 emergency, please use email to reach us.

Library Garching

Uta Grothkopf:
Tel: +49 89 320 06-280

Silvia Meakins:
Tel: +49 89 320 06-775

Nathalia Escarlate:
Tel: +49 89 320 06-474
Library Santiago

Leslie Kiefer Saldías:
+56-2-463 3153
Information Repository

Katia Montironi:
+49 89 320 06-682

Nathalia Escarlate:
Tel: +49 89 320 06-474

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5 May 2023: A&A remains OA under S2O model in 2023

Astronomy & Astrophysics (A&A) has announced that it will continue to publish its research in open access under the Subscribe to Open (S2O) model. also in 2023 In contrast to other core astronomy journals, A&A has chosen S2O to achieve immediate open access while minimizing any potential disruption to authors or subscribers.


2 Mar. 2023: MNRAS moving to APC-based Open Access

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) announced that the Monthly Notices (MNRAS) will be Open Access (OA) from January 2024, using Article Processing Charges (APCs) of GBP 2,310 per article, to be paid by authors.

From the librarians’ perspective, this is an unfortunate decision. APC-based OA does not achieve the core drivers of the Open Access movement, namely to make publishing more fair, and to stabilize (if not reduce) costs. In order to achieve these goals, collaborative, equitable OA models are needed.   


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