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University Library


Branches and opening hours

The library of TH Köln has 4 branches at the following locations:

  • Deutz Campus
  • Südstadt Campus
  • Gummersbach Campus
  • Leverkusen Campus

Visit our web page Standorte und Öffnungszeiten [German] for further information about addresses, opening hours and contact details.

The following services are available during full service hours ("Servicezeit") only:

  • Support by qualified staff
  • Collection of interlibrary loans
  • Payment of fees
  • Registration


Registration and login

MultiCa mit Benutzernummer MultiCa mit Benutzernummer (Image: TH Köln)

Your TH Köln student ID card (MultiCa) is also your library card. It is activated automatically.

Your pre-set login consists of your library card number (11 digits), which can be found on the back of your MultiCa, and your date of birth without year (ddmm).


Literature research

On the library homepage you will find a search field for the library’s online catalogue, the so-called Katalog PLUS. Under the section “books and more“ you will find the library’s collection of printed and electronic books and journals. Under the section “articles & more“ you will find articles, specialised information and electronic full texts.

In addition, the library offers several other options to search databases and portals. Books that aren’t part of our collection can be ordered from another German library via interlibrary loan. Please note that this is a charged-for service. The fee is EUR 1.50 per order.


Purchase request

If you’re looking for a book that we don’t have or if all copies are on loan or reserved, you are welcome to make a purchase request online:

Anschaffungswunsch [German]


Borrowing and returning books

Most of our items can be borrowed for a period of 20 opening days. If the item is not reserved, the loan period can be renewed three times.

Please pick up your books from the open shelves and borrow them at the service desk or self-service stations with your MultiCa.


Renewing of the loan period

You can renew the loan period for your items online from 6 days before the return date. For further information, please check our learning video

Learning video "The renewal of the loan period" (YouTube)


Reserving and ordering books

To place a reservation

Check the Katalog Plus to find out when the book is due back. Log in to your account and click the button "vormerken" (reserve). Now the item is reserved for you. You will be informed via e-mail as soon as the book has been returned and can be picked up.

To place an order

Log in to your account and order items for your preferred branch. You will be notified via e-mail as soon as your requested items are ready to be picked up. Depending on the branch, the delivery will take 2 to 7 days. This service is free of charge.

Pick-up shelf

You can pick up your reservations or orders by yourself within the library’s opening hours.

Deutz, Südstadt or Gummersbach: All items on hold are provided at the pick-up shelf and arranged according to your borrower number. Pick up your book and borrow it at the service desk or self-service station.

Please note: Interlibrary loans or orders from our magazine stock can be picked up at the service desk during our service hours only.


E-Mail notification

You will receive notifications from the library via your @smail.th-koeln.de-account

  • if reserved or ordered items (including interlibrary loans) can be picked up.
  • if the loan period of your borrowed items expires shortly (renewal reminder)
  • if your borrowed items are overdue (1. + 2. dunning level).


The library as a learning venue

The library of TH Köln provides a variety of study spaces for your personal learning needs. Whether you prefer to work quietly on your own or to exchange thoughts with your group – there is something for everyone.

Using the scanners is free of charge. Printouts and copies are EUR 0.07 per page. You can pay the fee with your MultiCa or with coins.

Please feel free to bring your bag and water in securely sealed containers. Eating is not permitted in any of our branches.


Electronic resources

Almost all e-books, e-journals and databases licenced by the library can be accessed on your own computer whenever and wherever you like. You only need to connect to the university network via VPN.

Learning video "How can I use electronic media at home?" (YouTube)


Publishing

Students of TH Köln can publish their thesis, term paper or project report online via the ePublications theses server [German]. This service is free of charge!


Consultation and training

During service hours, our friendly and qualified staff are happy to help with any library related questions you may have. For questions, suggestions and feedback please also use our online form [German].

We also offer library tours on a regular basis. Please contact us if you are interested in joining a tour in English. We can also arrange further trainings regarding literature research and Citavi, a useful tool to manage and organise your literature. Please visit our pages.

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