Coronavirus: Up-to-date information & FAQ

Please note that as of 17th March 2020 the library will be closed until 7th of June 2020 inclusive. You will find more information on our services in the FAQs down below. You can reach us as usual, by phone or by e-mail.

  • Use our contactless pickup-service and order up to 10 items in our catalogue. Check the FAQs down below for more information.
  • The validation of the library card for students and members of the German Sport University is now possible at the circulation desk. Borrowing is also open to students from other universities and members of the public, bring your valid identity document and student ID to register a new membership.
  • Return your books only after you received a personal invitation via mail. We only accept a limited amount of returns.

Please also take note of the information of the German Sport University Cologne on the Coronavirus here.

Updated on 26th May.

Why is the library closed?

The President's Office has decided to close the library from Tuesday (17th of March) inclusive until 7th of June 2020 inclusive in connection with the new Coronavirus.

Can I borrow items?

You can use the contactless pickup by ordering items from our catalogue. You can order up to 10 items.

Can I return items?

You can only return your items if you received an invitation via mail to do so. Otherwise it is not possible to return them. Currently we can only accept a certain number of books due to prevent any infections.

You can send your items to us via post :

Zentralbibliothek der Sportwissenschaften der Deutschen Sporthochschule Köln 
Am Sportpark Müngersdorf 6
50933 Köln

Can I use the library to work and study?

No, the library is still closed as a working space, we are only offering a limited service at this point.

Do you still send reminders when the loan period ends?

Currently we do not send any reminders or warnings.

What about the renewal of loan periods?

All items currently on loan have their due date changed automatically, you do not need to extend the loan period yourself.

Can I make reservations on items which are on loan?

No, currently it is not possible to reserve any items. Already existing requests will not be cancelled.

Can I use the interlibrary loan?

It is possible to order articles and books. Please log in to the DigiBib as usual to order. Limited until the 31st of July 2020 you will receive the article in electronic form, meaning after your order has been processed successfully you will receive an e-mail with a download-link. 

Please return your books at the circulation desk.

We recommend to order documents via subito in urgent cases. You can order books and articles from our library collection but also from round 40 other libaries directly to your home.

How can I search for e-books and e-journals?

Please select the advanced search here and choose "Dokumenttyp" e-book or "Elektronische Zeitschrift" for e-journals. 

How can I use e-books and e-journals?

I am a member of the German Sport University Cologne:

For accessing e-journals, e-books and databases outside the campus it is necessary to use the VPN-Client  which must be running before starting your research.


I am not a member of the German Sport University Cologne:

External users can access all e-journals with a green signal via the Electronic journal library.

Can I extend my library membership card?

The membership cards have their period of validity automatically changed.

Can I hand in my dissertation?

Please contact Elvira Friedrich via e-mail  if you have questions regarding publishing or submitting your thesis.

Are there any other special online resources during these times?

Yes, a lot of database providers and publishers offer temporary access to additional e-books and other e-resources or extend their services. 

You can find more information here.

How can I use the contactless pickup-service?

As of April 20th you can order items online and pick them up contactless in the library.

Order up to ten items from our borrowable collection by using our catalogue. When your items are ready for collection the library staff will get in touch with you via your registered e-mail-address to arrange a date and further information on how to behave during the pickup.

Hours: 08:30 - 15:30,  Monday - Friday

Your library card has to be registered to this use this service, therefore freshmen unfortunately are excluded. Please note that the library is closed for public use until 1st of June inclusive, until further notice. 

Can I still use SPSS Statistics?

Yes. IBM offers an extended SPSS Statistics trial version through 15 June 2020 due to the pandemic. 
Please click here to sign up for the free trial.

More information on the IBM SPSS Statistics trial licence

Further questions?

Do not hesitate to ask us, we would like to help!