registration & interlibrary loan desk

Registration & interlibrary loan desk

The library’s information areas and reading rooms are freely accessible to anyone without prior registration (except for: the rare books reading room for historical collections).

You need a library card in order to borrow media and to use the internet on the 1st floor. The library card is issued at the registration & interlibrary loan desk on the ground floor. Please register in person.

Who is eligible for a library card?

Anyone with a residence in Germany is eligible.
To persons without permanent residency a reading room card without borrowing privileges can be issued.

The UCCard is coincident with the library card. The UCCard is only for students of the University of Cologne.
Freshmen of the University of Cologne and students of the University of Cologne, who have not used the library, have to
sign up.

Please bring the following documents:
German ID card
passport with a registration form of the Registration Office

We also require:

Students: Student ID
Cologne University staff: certificate of employment (PDF document: 10 KB ; in German )
Minors: Declaration of consent (PDF document: 41 KB ; in German ) by a parent / guardian including their ID / passport
Disabled persons: Disabled person’s pass

Opening hours

Mon - Thu 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
Fri 9.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

Online-Registration (except students of the University of Cologne)

Please register online at: Registration Form (in German).
You will receive a temporary user number for ordering and reserving items. You can get your permanent library card at the registration & interlibrary loan desk on the ground floor.
Please bring a printout of your temporary user ID and the above-mentioned documents.


A fee of €20 or €40 is charged for a library card. The library card is valid for 12 months. The fee does not apply to students at public universities in North Rhine-Westphalia, employees of the University of Cologne, pupils and apprentices.

Have you lost your library card?

If you lose your library card, please let us know as soon as possible to avoid misusage ( e.g. via e-mail).

A replacement card (fee: €10) will be issued at the registration desk upon presentation of valid photo ID.

Have you lost your UCCard?

If you lose your UCCard, please contact the UCCard Service Desk in the International Office.

UCCard = library card
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