100 years of UCL - a picture journey through history

03.03. - 24.04.2022

In our anniversary exhibition, we take you on a pictorial journey through the history of the University and City Library of Cologne. How has the building changed over the years, which technologies and thus new services for library visitors have been added? You will find out all this during a tour in our foyer.

On 14 May 1920, the University and City Library (UCL) was founded. The three academic libraries of the City of Cologne were incorporated into the new University and City Library of Cologne. In 1934, the collections moved into shared premises in the main building of the University of Cologne.

It was not until the 1960s that the books got their own home. The architect Rolf Gutbrod planned a three-part library on Universitätsstraße/Kerpener Straße with a book depository, administration and service, where the majority of the volumes are still housed today. The anniversary exhibition spans the spectrum from black-and-white images from the founding days to the modern services of the UCL today.


University and City Library of Cologne, Foyer, Universitätsstraße 33, 50931 Cologne, Germany

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 9 -24 - Saturday and Sunday from 9 - 21.

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