You can now order books from the closed stacks again, make reservations and access "My account".

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9-18       All information about limited service>>

+++ On 27 April 2020 we will gradually open. +++
Borrowing and return will be possible again, Mon - Fri 9 - 18.
On 1 May (Labour Day) and on weekends the library will be closed.

More news

  • 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) >>

    NFDI4Health auf Twitter >>

  • New databases and latest news in the field of e-media - Status: 26. June 2020

    We acquire new databases due to the good use during the test phase and the VPN access to Beck-online was extended until 31.12.2020.


  • 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.

  • New databases and test accesses in the field of e-media - Status: 6 May 2020

    There are news about the "Nomos eLibrary" and the "Beck eLibrary. Die Fachbibliothek". Additionally we have listed four databases as test accesses. Read more >>

  • 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 >>

  • New databases

    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.

    More information about the project DEAL and the boycott >>

  • 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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