Events in the Library

Training sessions and library tours

New here? Guided tour of the library's rooms and services, every first Thursday of the month, 11 a.m.

Every first Thursday of the month, at 11 a.m., we offer a guided tour of the library's rooms (incl. the Pendel Hall and the Historical Library) and give participants an overview of our most important services:

  • Library registration 
  • Library search engine ALBERT
  • Document delivery
  • Databases
  • Publication services

If you do not have a library account yet, please fill in the following form and send it to

The next online introduction to the library services will take place in June 2024, starting at 11 am.

From now on, the library offers an online introduction to our library services every two months.
Especially for our colleagues who work off-site campus, the introduction in online format is a good opportunity to get an overview of our services and to get in direct contact with us.

Introduction topics:

  • Library registration
  • My library account, borrowing and returning books
  • Library search engine ALBERT
  • Document delivery
  • Databases
  • Publication services

This event will be held in English. All employees of AWI, GFZ, PIK and RIFS are invited. The introduction will last about one hour and there will be time for questions and discussion.
Registration is not required.

You can participate via the following link:
For this event, we will use a GFZ licensed version of the Zoom video conferencing tool

If you do not have a library account yet, please feel free to fill out the following form and send it to

If you are interested in other topics for online events, just let us know your ideas.

We offer introductions and presentations on library and publishing related topics. These can take place either in your office or in the course of working group meetings.

Possible topics could be:

  • Open Access
  • Search engine ALBERT
  • Right use of databases (e.g. Web of Science)
  • Citation analysis
  • Reference management software (EndNote, Mendeley, Zotero & Co) - Overview or training in a special system on demand
  • Copyright (e.g. use of pictures, figures)
  • Introductions to basis of scientific publishing for non-scientific staff

In the daily work of scientists, questions about publishing, literature management, Open Access, etc. regularly emerge. During our online consultations you have the opportunity to ask us for help with these queries.

You are welcome to send us your questions in advance together with your registration for the online consultation.

You have many questions about a certain topic, but it is not offered in the next online consultation? Write to us and we will be happy to offer another event on your topic!

Special Events

Weekly, we will inform you in short live sessions (5 minutes talk plus Q&A) on single aspects of important library services.

Season 6 will start soon with the following topics:
Fri, 10/11/2023, 11.30 am: Publish research data via GFZ Data Services
Fri, 17/11/2023, 11.30 am: Open Access Publishing
Fri, 01/12/2023, 11.30 am: Zweitveröffentlichung (Green Open Access) an GFZ & RIFS [German]
Fri, 15/12/2023, 11.30 am: Publishing costs at GFZ & RIFS
Fri, 12/01/2024, 11.30 am: IGSN-Template
Fri, 26/01/2024, 11.30 am: Why choose CC-BY for my article?
Fri, 16/02/2024, 11-12 am: Geologiedatengesetz (GeolDG) [Extended Library Shorts]
Fri, 23/02/2024, 11.30 am: How to make the most of your ORCID record.

There is no need to register, join the library shorts here: 
We use a GFZ licensed version of the Zoom video conferencing tool. Alternative dial-in data (phone, mobile etc.) can be requested from us.

As we cannot offer our event series "Blue Sofa" due to the current Corona pandemic, we are happy to invite you to our virtual coffee lectures.

The details

What? Short presentation in English (ca. 15 Minuten) followed by a Q&A session

Where? Online

When? Once a month
(invitations and date announcements by mail)

Topics for presentations?

  • Organizational units introduce themselves (administration, legal department, media & communication ...)
  • Cross-sectional topics (corruption prevention, re-use of illustrations, publication codes, ORCID ...)
  • Work-Life-Balance (benefit@work, company sports, working groups ...)

Do you have other topics that you would like to learn about or present yourself? Please feel free to contact us!

The International Open Access Week takes place annually in October.

The library of the Science Park Albert Einstein took part in the 2019 week with different events:

  • board game "The Publishing Trap"
  • Coffee Lectures on ORCID and DEAL
  • Open Access Escape Game

Exhibitions take place at irregular intervals in the premises of the library. Information on past and current exhibitions can be found here.

You have ideas for an exhibition yourself or know someone who is looking for an exhibition location? Talk to us!

Phone: 0331 / 288 - 1673