GVK, the GBV Union Catalogue, is a multimaterial bibliographic database of seven German federal states. It covers 41.5 million records of books, conference proceedings, periodicals, dissertations, microfilms and electronic resources.
To fetch entries from GVK, choose Search → Web search, and the search interface will appear in the side pane. Select GVK (Gemeinsamer Verbundkatalog) in the dropdown menu. To start a search, enter the words of your query, and press Enter or the Fetch button.
The results are displayed in the import inspection window. In case an error occurs, it is shown in a popup.

Advanced search

You can simply enter words / names / years you want to search for, or you can specify search keys. Supported keys are:
  • all - all words. Not specifYing a search key results in an "all" search
  • tit - title words
  • per - authors, editors, etc.
  • thm - topics
  • slw - key words
  • txt - tables of content
  • num - numbers, e.g. ISBN
  • kon - names of conferences
  • ppn - Pica Production Numbers of the GVK
  • bkl - Basisklassifikation-numbers
  • erj - year of publication


  • queries can be combined with "and". The use of "and" is optional, though.
  • in many cases you can use the truncation sign "?"
  • spaces in person names are not supported yet. Please use the truncation sign ? after the first name for several given names. E.g. "per Maas,jan?"

Sample queries

  • "marx kapital"
  • "per grodke and tit db2"
  • "per Maas,jan?"
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