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Research facilities in the institute

Following legal institutes and their libraries are located in the “Haus des internationalen Rechts”:

The library is open daily (from Monday to Friday) from 8.00 to 20.00.

All books, journals and the corresponding electronic versions are searchable via the library catalogue

The library collection of the Institute for Private International and Comparative Law comprises approx. 82,000 volumes and 200 current periodicals (journals, loose-leaf editions, Law and decisions journals). The library has a particular focus on the fields of International Private Law, US-American Law, Comparative Law and European Private Law. The inventory of the library is systematically ordered in the basements. The search in our catalogue with subject groups leads you to books in your field of interest. Current manuals and comments can be found in the reading room. You can also work there with the selected materials.

1 PC for research on databases and catalogues is at your disposal in the reading room. Moreover you can have access with your own laptop to the legal databases and full texts in the university network.

For internet access a password has to be requested at "Welcome Centre at the University of Cologne". Please fill in the registration form. After arrival every registered guest scholars will be offered a free welcome package. Furthermore a card for the University and City Library of Cologne can be issued upon request.

If you have any questions or problems during your stay (e.g. in your literature research), please do not hesitate to contact the library staff at ipr-bibliothek(at) We wish you a nice stay and much success for your work.