SIMBAD free of charge for users from ESA and ESO member states

Starting January 1995, access to the SIMBAD astronomical database is provided free of charge to a large part of the European astronomical community: all bona fide scientists affiliated to astronomical research institutions in ESO or ESA member states.
This results from an agreement signed by CDS, ESO and ST-ECF, stating that the charges related to the use of the SIMBAD database by European users are being payed as a yearly lump sum jointly by ESO and ESA.

Users from ESO or ESA member states

New accounts for scientists from ESO or ESA member states (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom). will be created by CDS upon request.
European users who already have a SIMBAD account don't need to change it, and will simply no longer get invoices.

Related links

Getting a SIMBAD user name (all users)

Simbad home page

Simbad on the Web

CDS Home Page