Special services offered by our database providers
Information on borrowing, returns & more
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 >>
The writing consultation will continue from 8 April 2020!
On Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. a colleague from the Writing Competence Center advises on questions of academic writing (e.g. on structure, style or formalities). Due to the corona virus, the consultation is via Skype. Simply send a contact request in Skype to email@example.com. The consultant will then get in touch. The offer is valid for students of all faculties of the University of Cologne.
Beck-Online accessible via VPN for university members until 30.6.2020
Temporarily the Beck-Verlag offers access via VPN (Remote Access) free of charge. Students and other members of the university (teaching staff, research assistants) can thus access the beck-online modules licensed by the University of Cologne to the full extent from home. Notes of the Beck-Verlag (German) >>
- When registering for beck-online access during the Corona crisis, it is mandatory to provide a valid e-mail address of the University of Cologne (...@uni-koeln.de).
- An anonymous use of beck-online, as it has been possible so far, is temporarily NOT possible from the network of the University of Cologne.
- All already existing personalised accesses remain valid!
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.
Counter "Cash / Lost property"
From 01.10.2019 you can no longer pay cash at this counter. Cash payments are still possible at the cash machine on the ground floor.
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 >>
Our journal display has moved to the 2nd floor
A large part of the current issues of our print subscriptions has moved to reading room VII, 2nd floor. The issues are stored on the shelves according to filing numbers (e.g. P 0124).
In the coming weeks the newspapers and journals of the Rheinische Abteilung will also move.
For Students at the University of Cologne: Activate your UCCard as library card
Need a break? Break with time-out disc (Pausenscheibe)