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Pandemic containment measures have been extended by the University of Cologne. Please inform yourself about current measures and notices of the UzK in connection with the novel Corona virus (SARS-CoV-2).

Summer closure 2021 ALEKI starts next week

+++Please note+++ (as of 21.7.2021)

Summer closure of the ALEKI  will last this year from Monday, 26 July 2021 to Tuesday, 31 August 2021. After the annual holiday period, a necessary revision of all stocks must be carried out. For this reason, all borrowed books and media must be returned by Thursday, 22 July 2021 at the latest. Please help us with this and return all borrowed media.

In week 29 the ALEKI is open from Tuesday to Thursday only (20.-22.7.2021).

Thank you very much.

Please note the changed terms of use.

- In all buildings used by the UzK, simple mouth/nose cover (so-called everyday mask) must be worn. 
- In accordance with the decision of the rectorate, all libraries of the UzK only open for borrowing and returning of media and books.
- The USB Cologne has an extensive online offer. Please use it.
- Many publishers and online platforms have currently activated their e-book program, so that a large amount of literature is available online.

We currently offer a lending service by advance booking. Up to five books can be borrowed for 7 days at ALEKI, the collection is largely contactless.
How does that work?

(1) You send us an e-mail to
Ideally this e-mail should contain the following information:
Your name with your matriculation number and your book requests (maximum five books) with the respective signature of the ALEKI library. With this request you promise to return the books intact after 7 days at the latest.
(2) We will prepare the order and inform you by e-mail as to when and at what time the books will be ready for collection. We are more or less back at our regular opening hours (9.30-16.30).. The books can then be collected from the entrance area of ALEKI. Please call 0221.470-6516 when you are at the door. We will then bring you the books.
(3) You sign the enclosed collection slip.
(4) For the return of the books, please annoucne them briefly by e-mail and put the books back on the table and write your name on a piece of paper (available on site).

Via a VPN connection to the UzK servers (, numerous e-books and e-journals can be viewed free of charge in digital form on the UB website.