How to Find Books in the Library

Not sure where to find the books you are looking for? Look up the different types of locations, call numbers and branches.


Locations in our library catalogue

There are different location types (branch) in our library catalogue.

Here you will find a helpful overview off all types.  

Type & descriptionYou are looking for…
Lesesaal = reading room A 17Current journals, current monographs, reference books, monographic series, introductions, handbooks
Kompaktmagazin unten = compact open-stack room, ground levelBound journals (in alphabetical order), series (by region/geographical area)
Kompaktmagazin oben = compact open-stack room, upstairs

Monographs published after 1945 (due to different historical collections, there are different call number systems) maps, atlases

Branch library in A43 – AWIHoldings located on campus in building A43
Branch library in A31 – PIK Holdings located on campus in building A31
Archiv - bitte bestellen = archive - please orderUnfortunately, holdings marked this way are not directly accessible for you.
Please contact the help desk. We will make the media available for you.
Magazin - bitte bestellen = stack - please orderUnfortunately, holdings marked this way are not directly accessible for you.
Please contact the help desk. We will make the media available for you.
Pendelsaal = Pendulum HallUnfortunately, holdings marked this way are not directly accessible for you.
Please contact the help desk. We will make the media available for you.
A18 - bitte bestellen = please orderUnfortunately, holdings marked this way are not directly accessible for you.
Please contact the help desk. We will make the media available for you.
MOP - bitte bestellen = please orderUnfortunately, holdings marked this way are not directly accessible for you.
Please contact the help desk. We will make the media available for you.
RZ - bitte bestellen = please orderUnfortunately, holdings marked this way are not directly accessible for you.
Please contact the help desk. We will make the media available for you.

Call numbers – collection types

Please find here navigation support for our different types of call numbers.

Call number/ TypeCollectionLocation in A17 stack
AAtlasUpstairs
HHistorical Collection before 1914Upstairs
M xx.xxxxGFZ Collection since 1992 (Library abbreviation: B 103)Upstairs
N xx.xxxxAcquisition of the joint libraryUpstairs
Q xxxxGeodesy
(Former library identifier: B 103)
Upstairs
M xxxGeology
(Former library identifier B 689)
Upstairs
O xxxxGeodesy
(Former library identifier: B 103)
Upstairs
(G) 5xxxffGeology
(Former library identifier: B 689)
Upstairs
FHD 1-500Research branch for high-pressure researchUpstairs
1100 ffGeomagnetism
(Former library identifier: B 446)
Upstairs
F xGeodesy (historical collection!)
(Former library identifier: B 103)
Upstairs
MOPMeteorological Observatory (Former library identifier: Po5)Please order at help desk.

Shelf classification branch library A43 (AWI)

(German version only)

AAtmosphärenphysikblau21 Mitte - 25 Unten
A 1Allgemeinesblau21 Mitte
A 2Klima (allgemeine, ökologische, ökonomische
Aspekte)
blau21 Mitte
A 3Klima - meteorologischblau21 Mitte
A 4Polargebieteblau21 Mitte - 21 Unten
A 5Meteorologieblau21 Unten - 22 Mitte
A 6Dynamikblau22 Mitte
A 7Grenzschichtblau22 Mitte
A 8Stratosphäreblau22 Mitte
A 9Obere Atmosphäreblau22 Mitte
A 10Strahlungblau22 Unten
A 11Aerosole / Wolkenblau22 Unten
A 12Chemie / Ozonblau23 Mitte
A 13Modellierungblau23 Mitte
A 14Meßmethoden / Instrumente/
Fernerkundung
blau23 Mitte - 24 Mitte
A 15Physikblau24 Mitte
A 16Astronomieblau24 Mitte
A 17Chaos/Turbulenzenblau24 Mitte
A 18ECMWF-Tagungenblau25 Mitte
A 19Historischesblau25 Mitte
AtlAtlantenweißAtlantenpult
BioBiologiegrün6 Mitte
E
Geschichte der Polar-Forschung/
Expeditionsberichte
schwarz3 Oben - 5 Oben
E 1Biographienschwarz3 Oben
E 2Arktis (Nordpol)schwarz3 Oben - 4 Oben
E 3Arktis (Südpol)schwarz4 Oben - 5 Oben
E 4Bi-Polarschwarz5 Oben
G Geowissenschaftengelb1 Mitte - 5 Unten
G 1Geowissenschaften - Algemeingelb1 Mitte - 1 Unten
G 2Meeresbiologie / Limnologiegelb1 Unten - 2 Mitte
G 3Glazigene Sedimente / 
Geokryologie / Sibirien
gelb2 Mitte - 3 Mitte
G 4Hydrogeologiegelb3 Mitte
G 5 Paläoklimatologie / Eis / Sedimentegelb3 Mitte - 4 Mitte
G 6 Geochemiegelb4 Mitte
G 7Glaziologiegelb4 Mitte - 4 Unten
G 8Geodäsiegelb5 Mitte
Geophysik
G 9 Geologie der Antarktisgelb5 Mitte
G 10Geographiegelb5 Mitte - 5 Unten
KKartenweißKartenschränke
NBMNon-Book-MaterialweißBibliotheksbüro
PPolargeboete - Allgemeinesrot6 Mitte - 7 Mitte
P 1Ökologierot6 Mitte - 6 Unten

P 2

Treatyrot6 Unten
P 3Medizin / Survivalrot6 Unten
P 4Logistikrot6 Unten
P 5Arktis - Allgemeinesrot6 Unten
P 6Antarktis - Allgemeinesrot6 Unten - 7 Mitte
P 7Bi-Polar - Allgemeinesrot7 Mitte
P 8Grönland - Allgemeinesrot7 Mitte
P 9 Spitzbergen - Allgemeinesrot7 Mitte
P 10Philatelierot7 Mitte
PYInternational Polar YearblackArchive
SSonstigesweiß25 Mitte - 28 Mitte
S 1Mathematikweiß27 Mitte
S 2Statistikweiß27 Mitte - 28 Mitte
S 3Numerikweiß26 Mitte und 28 Mitte
S 4EDVweiß26 Mitte
S 5Lexikaweiß1 - 2 Oben, 7 Unten
S 6Institutionenweiß25 Mitte