Explore the ESO Libraries
ESO maintains physical libraries in Garching (Germany) and Santiago (Chile). They provide content for ESO staff. External users are welcome to use the library, but they cannot borrow items. You can find books (about Astronomy, Physics, Engineering and Mathematics), journals, observatory publications and newspapers (in Garching "International Herald Tribune" and "Sueddeutsche Zeitung").
The libraries can also be used as a meeting space. Please contact the librarians in advance: email@example.com for Garching, firstname.lastname@example.org for Santiago.
Further information about the ESO Libraries can be found in the Library Flyers & Presentations section on this page.
If you want the quickest answer possible for your requests, please use our generic email addresses. email@example.com is read by Uta, Silvia & Nathalia; firstname.lastname@example.org by Leslie.
& Head librarian
Tel: +49-89-320 06-280
Tel: +49-89-320 06-775
Tel: +49 89 320 06-474
ESO Chile Librarian
Tel: +56-2-463 3153
Library items can be checked out with the librarians or through the library catalog. If you don't have a user account yet or need help, please send us a note or stop by the library office. We don't have strict loan periods. In case an item is requested by somebody else, we will contact the current user. Library staff must have access to borrowed items at any time.
You can review the list of all items currently checked out to your account as follows:
- access the library catalog (chose Library Catalog on the libraries' homepage or go directly to the catalog's login page)
- login with your email address (without @eso.org) as user ID and password.
You can safely ignore the Due/Recalled date as we don't apply strict loan periods. However, if another user requests an item you have borrowed, we will ask you to return it to the Library. Please kindly ensure access to the Library items in your office also during times of absence.
in case of lost or damaged items, you will be asked to purchase a replacement copy for the Library.
At any time and for all kinds of requests, you are invited to stop by the library office, phone the librarians (phone numbers as indicated below) or send an email to email@example.com.
We order books, ebooks (if available), standards, journal articles, etc. on request. We can also loan books from other libraries in case you only need them for a short time.
When you are leaving ESO: Please return all library items and cross-check your list of borrowed items with the librarians.
In Garching, you will find a RETURNS box in the library office; in Santiago, you can leave them on the librarian's desk. We will discharge them from your account and reshelf them.
Find your way around in the Library
Our floor plans shall help you to quickly find what you need. You can also browse the shelves virtually using our library catalog. More information you can find in our ESO Library catalog flyer (pdf).
The libraries are open 24 hours per day. Librarians at both facilities are available between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. (local time).
Flyers & Presentations
- ESO Libraries - your gateway to information (pdf)
- Introduction to ESO Library and Information Centre (onboarding slides Garching; Chile version)
- Other presentations and publications by ESO Librarians
Please find here a collection of Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers).
European Southern Observatory
ESO Library Garching
85748 Garching near Munich
E-Mail: library [at] eso.org
Tel: +49-89-320 06-280 (Uta Grothkopf)
Tel: +49-89-320 06-775 (Silvia Meakins)
Tel: +49 89 320 06-474 (Nathalia Escarlate)
Fax: +49-89-320 06-9280
European Southern Observatory
Alonso de Córdova 3107, Vitacura
E-Mail: libchile [at] eso.org
(contact for all Chilean ESO libraries)
Tel: +56-2-463 3153 (Leslie Saldías)
Tel. directly from La Silla: 3153
Fax 1: +49-89-32006645
Fax 2: +56-2-4633101