GFZ German research centre for geo sciences

Library and Information Services (LIS)

LIS is your partner for questions on all aspects of scientific publishing.

Our services are centered on the preparation, dissemination and archiving of scientific results.
We deal with all products of scientific work: text publication, research data, software, outreach material. The FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) are our guidance for supporting open science as a paradigm for digital science.

The section Library and Information Service serves as the joint Library Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein and was formed on the base of contract between the institutes GFZ, PIK and AWI Potsdam. In 2011 IASS Potsdam has joined that contract.

The aim is the joint usage and development of library services on the Telegrafenberg. The GFZ library in building A17 is the central access point for all services. Three branch libraries in A31 (PIK), A43 (AWI) and Berliner Str. 130 (IASS) broaden these offers.

The Library Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein is a special library, which provides services to the scientists on the campus Telegrafenberg. It is based on the cooperation of the institutes AWI, GFZ, PIK and IASS in the field of library and information services. The library is also open for teachers and students from universities and anyone working on geoscientifc subjects. The library supplies for this purpose printed and electronic media and information for the work of the scientists on the Telegrafenberg.

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Our services

Helpdesk & library events

Our Help Desk in building A17 is staffed Tuesday to Thursday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

We offer guided tours through the library and we are happy to help you with all issues during the publication process.

Library events:

More information on publishing

Book a librarian for a special topic. You can invite us to your office or we can give a lecture for your work group.



ALBERT - Library search engine

Books, articles, maps, journals, research data and new acquisitions - in print and electronic.

Our library search engine ALBERT is more than a usual library catalogue. Of course you can find everything you would expect in a library catalog: including books, journals, research data and maps, print and electronic versions.

But the range of material you can browse is much broader. You can find current journal articles, geoscientific articles from Open Access repositories and reserach data.

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Document delivery

You didn't find the literature you are looking for in the library? We will get you the literature by borrowing the book from other libraries within a few days via interlibrary loan.

Place your order for articles, books, or conference proceedings that are not available in our library collection.

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Publication and publishing services

We offer an electronic platform for the publication of scientific publications like books, conference proceedings or journals. We guarantee long term access and provide persistent addresses an persistent identifiers (DOI, URN).

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Electronic publications can be made available open access on our institutional repository GFZpublic:

GFZ Data Services

GFZ Data Services publishes Earth Science research data of GFZ members and collaboration partners via an Open Access repository hosted at GFZ. The data are archived, persistently accessible and published with citable digital object identifier (DOI). Datasets published via GFZ Data Services range from large dynamic datasets from data intensive global monitoring networks with real-time acquisition to the full suite of highly heterogeneous datasets collected by individual researchers or small teams ("long-tail data").

Search for GFZ data publications

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The library Wissenschaftspark Albert Einstein gives you access to a huge number of licensed and free relevant scientific databases. The range contains bibliographical as well as factual and full text databases.

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