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Using the Library and Circulation

The library offers 26 desks, 3 work stations and one scanner. Not all desks have electrical outlets for laptops.

Coats, jackets and bags must not be taken to the library. In the entrance area, lockers are available. Please bring your own lock or borrow one against a deposit at the "Glaskasten".

Eating and drinking (except water) is prohibited in the library.

In order to enable all guests to work smoothly, phone calls are prohibited within the premises. Also other sources of noise are not allowed or to be switched to silent alert.

Our books are accessible – with few exceptions – in our premises. Please return the books to their correct location after use. If you need a book that is not freely accessible, please contact the "Glaskasten".

The library is on the 1st floor without elevator and is therefore, unfortunately, not barrier-free. Nonetheless, we are happy to help you. Please contact the "Glaskasten" or the librarian.

Further questions will be answered by the student assistants in the "Glaskasten" and by the librarian.


Due to technical reasons lots of titles are marked "Präsenzbestand".
Nevertheless our books remain lendable!

For the loan, you need a valid ID from the University and City Library of Cologne.

You can now view your media from us through your user account at the USB.

Loan Period
The loan period is usually 1 month. There are separate regulations for members of the Department.

Please don't hesitate to contact the "Glaskasten" for all remaining questions.