Abstract The DNA binding domain of the single-stranded DNA binding protein from Escherichia coli has been overproduced, purified and crystallized in a form suitable for X-ray diffraction studies. Crystals were produced by dialysis against low ionic strength buffer at high pH. The crystals belong to space group I222 or I2 12 12 1 with a =82·47 Å, b=65·27 Å and c =46·50 Å. Data were collected at several temperatures and a significant improvement in data quality was observed with a decrease in temperature. On occasion, with the decrease in temperature, a transformation to a primitive space group was observed and temperature appears to play a key role in this transformation. A complete native data set has been collected to 2·57 Å at -15°C.