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 bib@gfz-potsdam.de.

New here? - Online introduction to our library services

On request, we can offer our library users an online introduction to the library's services.
Just write to bib@gfz-potsdam.de

This online talk could be held in both German or English, but questions can be asked and answered in both German and English.

If you do not have a library account yet, please fill in the following form and send it to bib@gfz-potsdam.de.

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.

There is no need to register, join the library shorts here*: https://gfz-potsdam-de.zoom.us/j/93743493169?pwd=cjZsMmw4dVNuL1VkLy9hMDh2V1FTZz09

Season 5 will start soon with the following topics:
Fri, 11/11/2022, 11.30 am: GFZpublic: Wie kann ich meine Publikationen sichtbar machen? (German event)
Fri, 18/11/2022, 11.30 am: Secondary publications at GFZ
Fri, 25/11/2022, 11.30 am: Zotero in 5 Minutes
Fri, 02/12/2022, 11.30 am: PIK Special
Fri, 09/12/2022, 11.30 am: Your citation record
Fri, 16/12/2022, 11.30 am: Publish research data via GFZ Data Services

*We use a GFZ licensed version of the Zoom video conferencing tool.

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!

E-mail: bib@gfz-potsdam.de
Phone: 0331 / 288 - 1673