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About the library

The focus of the collection of the Library of the Academy for European Human Rights Protection is on international human rights protection, public law, international public law and comparative constitutional law. The library grew out of the library of the Institute for East European and Comparative Law, which, like the former Institute for East European Law, dates back to 1964. Until recently, the library's collection focused on literature on the public law of the USSR successor states with an emphasis on the Russian Federation and the countries of Eastern Europe, German constitutional law, international law, comparative law and GDR law.

The library is a pure reference library. Workstations are available to users during opening hours. All workstations are equipped with WLAN and power sockets. In the institute itself there is the possibility to scan free of charge. Copying facilities are available in the immediate vicinity.

Due to the limited number of workstations, please register in advance with the librarians Teresa Kastl or Ilona Laszczyk.

The Academy and the library are open in compliance with the applicable Covid 19 protection measures. Since 28.5.2022, a "Hygiene Concept for Presence" has been in force at the University of Cologne. It contains only a few essential specifications regarding the hygiene and protection measures of the University of Cologne.
The current hygiene and protection measures include: In all indoor rooms of the University, it is only recommended to wear at least one medical mask from 28.5.2022. Please refer to the current hygiene concept for details. 3G checks in teaching rooms will be suspended until further notice. Please also take into account all other measures regulated and recommended in the above-mentioned hygiene concepts. The hygiene concept is valid until 30.9.2022.

Opening times

Monday-Friday from 9.00 a.m, to 5.00 p.m.


Dipl.-Bibl. Teresa Kastl (Tel: (0221) 470-5590, E-mail:

Dipl.-Bibl. Ilona Laszczyk (Tel: (0221) 470-5590, E-mail:

Research possibilities

  • The library's holdings are fully recorded online and searchable in the USB online catalog. Please feel free to use the search form below. The seal of the library is 219 and is always at the beginning of each signature.
  • The list of all journals available in the library with holdings records can be found here. The collection can be searched using the search form below.
  • A list of databases with access via the university network or VPN can be found on the university library page

Research in the library collection