Library Account

To use our rooms and stocks on-site during our hopening ours there is no need to be registered as library user.

Nevertheless, to get the advantages of most of our library services, you usually need to have a library account. With that you always have an overview of your borrowed books, can renew those or place holds on media borrowed by other users.

The library account is also required to register for the ProQuest Ebook Central platform and opens the doors to our premises outside the service hours of our library. After registering to use the library, employees of GFZ, PIK, AWI and IASS can use the following services:

Information on reservations and renewals, as well as on loan periods can be found here: Lending, Renewal, Reservations.

Access to your library account

Login Password
This is your user number. It's the number below the barcode on your library card. By default these are the first 4 digits of your birthday (ddmm). You can change it whenever you're logged into your library account.

In order to welcome you as a user in our library, we need your contact details. Please print and fill out the application form.

The signed form you can take to us in person, send a scan to or send it to the library via internal mail. At that you will receive a library card with your user number.

External users also require a valid identity card or passport in connection with the police registration confirmation.

By registering in the library you agree to our terms of use (German only).

The validity of your library card depends on the duration of your contract with AWI, GFZ, IASS or PIK. For external users a validity of up to 2 years can be arranged.

We delete the library account directly at your notice of withdrawl or 2 years after the expiration date at the latest. Your signed application form will be destroyed simultaneously.

If you are still interested in borrowing books, you can simply extend the account. Please contact our service desk for more information: or -1673.

You can use your library card at all branches.

External users have limited access to the stocks of the branch libraries. Please turn to our staff or write an email to in case of questions.

If your card is lost, please inform the library immediately, so that your account can be blocked and you can receive a new user id.

Please let us know of any changes of your contact information (address, contract period etc.) immediately. You can call us (-1673) or write an email to

It is also possible to update your contact information by yourself via your library account by clicking on "My personal details" in your account summary: