Searching the library

Here you will find helpful information on searching for literature and various research tools.

Search portals


University of Bonn search portal.

Everything you need to know about borrowing books can be found here.

© Friederike Pauk/GIUB
Three students standing in the library looking in a book
© Babara Frommann/Uni Bonn

Other search portals

Union catalog covering the university libraries in North Rhine-Westphalia and a large part of Rhineland-Palatinate.

The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK) is a meta-catalog that contains over 500 million books and journals in library and book trade catalogs all over the world.


The ZDB is the world’s largest database of title and ownership records for journals, magazines, yearbooks and more. Besides printed media, it also lists titles of electronic journals but not article titles.

Article references (e.g. for journals such as Geographische Rundschau, Praxis Geographie and over 500 other geographical journals and series) for geographical literature published since 1950 (with a particular focus on 1980 onward).

A student with a book in her hand walks searchingly through the library
© Babara Frommann/Uni Bonn
A student stands between two shelves in the library reading a book
© Babara Frommann/Uni Bonn


EZB is a service that enables full-text academic journals to be accessed online.

OPUS provides open access to existing and recent publications in the Würzburger Geographische Arbeiten (WGA) series.

Suggestions for new acquisitions

If you want to suggest a new acquisition for our departmental library, please feel free to complete the form - just click on the button.

Wird geladen