Technical Facilities in A17

Technische Ausstattung

On-site we offer the following facilities:


  • Tickets for temporary access at the help desk
  • Participation in Eduroam (hosted by DFN):,
  • Internal access for GFZ and PIK

Search terminals

To search our online resources there are 3 terminals available in A17

Print/ Copy/ Scan

  • Copy machine: brochure printing and stapling possible
  • Book scanner
  • Map scanner: color - full high definition, up to 1200 dpi possible, 42" image width - ideal for A0.
  • Flatbed scanner

Additional equipment

  • Mobile hard drive for bigger files
  • Ring binding machine
  • Poster rolls for maps
  • Lockers
  • Coffee machine
  • Newspapers (German only)

VPN - Access electronic journals and databases from off campus

The easiest way to gain access from off campus is to connect via VPN-Client. The client is quick to install and simulates an IP number from the campus. Using this, it will give you access to all electronic journals and databases provided by the library. Required is a valid GFZ account. If interested, please download the corresponding client software (available for the most common operating systems).

Detailed instruction from the GFZ computing centre in the intranet:

For further information please contact the library: bib(at) or the computing centre (GFZ): rz-support(at)

Staff from PIK, AWI or IASS, please contact your IT services for remote access possibilities.