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E-media: new databases and test accesses
There are new databases in the in the fields of language and literature Studies, law, history, economics, informatics and many more test offers. Read more >>
You can now use databases of the field economic sciences, test offers and new databases from the project "Bundesweite Nationallizenzen".
Read more about our new databases >>
An overview of all our databases & e-media can be found here >>
Funding for NFDI4Health - National Research Data Infrastructure for Personal Health Data
The project NFDI4Health - National Research Data Infrastructure for Personal Health Data, co-proposed by the UCL, has been approved by the Joint Science Conference. In order to improve the health of the population through better and broader reuse of data in Germany, NFDI4Health will design a national research strategy focusing on personal health data.
UCL Director Dr. Hubertus Neuhausen: "This will enable us to make a significant contribution to providing access to the services and offers developed nationally in the consortium to researchers and teachers at a university and at the same time to pass on feedback from users back to the consortium". The consortium leader of NFDI4Health is ZB Med.
Press release of the GWK (German) >>
Interlibrary loan: Journal articles can be picked up on site in the library
As of 1 June 2020 you can pick up a printout copy of the article on site in the library at the Reading Room counter (1st floor).
New for scientists: "Research & Publishing"
The new navigation point "Research & Publishing" provides our services for scientists at the University of Cologne. Do you have questions about the data management plan or open access publishing? You will find answers to these and other questions here.
Research & Publishing >>
Exhibition "Concrete:Imagination - Die Ästhetik des Brutalismus" now on YouTube
We bring our exhibition "Concrete:Imagination - Die Ästhetik des Brutalismus" home to you via YouTube. To the film >>
Library cards for other members of the University of Cologne
From now on we will again issue cards for other members of the University of Cologne (employees, second listeners, guest listeners). Read more >>
Students of the University of Cologne (first listener) must activate their library card via the UCCard.
Starting now: ask questions by phone
Mon - Fri 10 - 14 you can ask our colleagues at the reference desk your questions by telephone. You can reach them under the telephone number +49 221-470 2374.
Orders from closed stacks are possible again in the UCL and some specialist libraries!
You can now again order and reserve media in the Main Library, in the Department of Human Sciences and in the specialist libraries of economics and sociology.
Interlibrary loan: Ordering journal articles from other libraries
You can again order articles via interlibrary loan. You will receive a copy of the article as a PDF download in an e-mail. However, electronic delivery is a temporary exception and will remain valid until 31 May 2020.
Please note: Interlibrary loan orders for books are still not possible in the currently limited library operation.
Exhibition "Window on the history of Earth" now on YouTube
Because you are currently not able to view the exhibition in front of the cafeteria, we have captured it on film. To the film >>
Orders from Elsevier journals
As a researcher at the University of Cologne, you can use a form to order articles from Elsevier Verlag that are not available on campus.
To this form >>
What are the advantages of using an ORCID iD?
The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) helps to improve the visibility of your research, provides more networking opportunities and saves you a lot of time and effort. It is the international standard for unique identifiers for researchers. It enables a person to be linked to their publications and research data.
Since 1 December 2019, the University of Cologne has been a member of the ORCID consortium and supports the international code for the clear identification of its scientists. Register for an ORCID ID >>
You can now use a database of music magazines from the middle of the 18th to the 19th century: RIPM Preservation Series: European & North American Music Periodicals. Read more about our new databases >>
Interested in other fields? An overview of all our databases & e-media can be found here >>
Contract between Elsevier and the University of Cologne expired on 31.12.2019
The Rectorate of the University of Cologne has joined the consortium boycott of the scientific publisher Elsevier, organised by the project DEAL. The five-year contract between the University and City Library of Cologne and Elsevier, which expired on 31 December 2019, was not be renewed. This means that the majority of the scientific journals published by Elsevier from the year 2020 onwards (including Cell Press titles) will no longer be available at the University of Cologne. The titles released in the last five years in addition to the contract package are also no longer accessible.
The archive of the Elsevier journals to which we have subscribed until 2019 is still available.
Have a quick look to check if there is still room for learning?
An app is now available for the reading rooms of the Department of Human Sciences and the Economics Library that displays the occupancy rate of workstations (in percent) in real time. Simply install the app and you'll always know whether it's worthwhile to visit these libraries.
In the next 11 months we will test this offer for you. The HWA and VWL libraries are the beginning, the USB will follow as soon as possible.
How do you find this app? Write us an e-mail >>
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