Fees and Charges

For certain user groups a fee will be charged for obtaining a library card.
The library card is valid for 12 months.


Students of the University of Cologne

no fee

Employees of the University of Cologne

no fee

Guest student at the University of Cologne

no fee

Students and employees at public universities in NRW

no fee

Students at private universities in NRW


Students at universities outside of North Rhine-Westphalia




Pupils, apprentices, trainees

no fee

Hartz IV recipients, Cologne-pass holder

no fee

Employees of Max-Planck-Institutes, Cologne museums and archives

no fee

Members of the "Kölnischen Bibliotheksgesellschaft" (Members of the Cologne Library Society) and the Alumni, Friends and Sponsors of the University of Cologne (KölnAlumni)

no fee

Persons with Disabilities

no fee

Non-commercial facilities


Commercial establishments


Information about the services you may use with your library card.

Charges for late returns

Charges for late returns are incurred on the first day after having missed the due date.

Overdue fine per item:

first fine level: €2 for up to 10 calendar days overdue
second fine level: €5 for up to 20 calendar days overdue
third fine level: €10 for up to 30 calendar days overdue
highest fine level: €20 from the 31st calendar day overdue

Please note: Observing the loan period is on your own responsibility. Please check your user account (in German) regularly.

Fees for short term loans

Items borrowed as short term loans (e.g. weekend loans) incur late fees of €2 per calendar day for each item up to a maximum of €20.

Other costs / fees and expenses

Interlibrary loan for books and periodicals

€1.50 per order + €0.70 postage if applicable

International interlibrary loans

please inquire in the interlibrary loan office, R. 111 – 115


€0.70 postage per notification letter

Price list for the digitizing service

see pricelist at the digitizing service

Library card replacement


Book loss

€25 administrative fee and the full cost of replacing the book

The fees are calculated according to the scale of charges of the University of Cologne (information in German). Please pay your fees and fines within 4 weeks at the cash machine on the ground floor.

UCCard = library card
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