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For new students and those who are longer with us
Campus delivery service
Interlibrary loan: get articles from other libraries as PDF downloads
Good news for Easter: Until 31 July 2021, you will receive essays via interlibrary loan as PDF downloads by e-mail.
New e-media: new acquisitions and test accesses
There are new databases offerings in different subject areas. All information >>
Campus delivery service
Scans of articles and book chapters from our printed collections for all UoC employees in teaching, research and administration.
Further information >>
Our contracts with scientific publishers
The University of Cologne has concluded Open Access transformation agreements with a number of publishers and publication platforms on behalf of its scientists. In addition to (almost) complete online access to the respective journal portfolios, the financing of publications in Open Access has been agreed upon. List of publishers and publication platforms >>
Search for law e-books more conveniently
From now on you can find e-books of the database juris in our portal. Simply enter subject, author or title in the UCL-Portal ... Off you go!
Test our new databases!
Test offers for databases are available in the subject areas of general and comparative linguistics and literature, political science, sociology, economics and education. All information >>
Interlibrary loan: get articles from other libraries once again as PDF downloads
Until 31 March 2021, you will receive essays via interlibrary loan as PDF downloads by e-mail.
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) >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.