Consultation Services

In our consultations, we are focussed on your individual questions about literature research, academic writing and publishing. Our personal counseling service is aimed at students, doctoral candidates, scientists and anyone who is interested in general.

The librarians from the Information Team will be happy to advise you on your library enquiries. We support you in finding and obtaining literature and answer questions about the library and what it has to offer. We currently offer you open consultation hours in the consultation room of the University Library, bookable consultation appointments, telephone support and answer your inquiries by email. In addition to in-person consultations, we also offer library tours in the form of a library rally via Actionbound for on-site orientation.

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By phone: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. via +49 431 880-4701
Individual advice on literature research: Tuesday 1:00-2:00 p.m., Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and Thursday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the consultation room in segment 2 of the University Library (without registration)

Directions to the consultation room:
Walk past the service counter and turn right after the large staircase. You are now in the open group work area (IT work area segment 2). The consultation room is located in the centre of one of the glass cubicles (room-in-room system).


Further individual consulting offers

Bookable Advice on Literature Research

If you’re not sure where or how to begin finding the right information, let us help. Our team support you in choosing the right resources and developing effective search strategies. We will be happy to answer your individual questions about literature research in a personal consultation.

When scheduling your consultation, please let us know your specific questions, for example:

  • about research in the Discovery Service or the Kiel University Library’s main Union Catalogue,
  • about searching in electronic databases,
  • for researching books such as monographs and anthologies,
  • about researching journals,
  • for researching articles and articles from journals and anthologies or
  • for researching newspapers or newspaper articles.

Please use the registration form to book your consultation appointment and tell us your thematic wishes.
You can book a personal consultation appointment up to 2 days in advance.

Recommended for: All students, PhD students, generally interested parties
Duration: Approx. 45 minutes
Location: On-site consultation in the consultation room (segment 2 of the University Library) or online consultation via Zoom (the link is sent by e-mail)

Dates and registration:

SoSe 2024

29-05-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
30-05-2024:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration

03-06-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
04-06-2024:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration
05-06-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration

10-06-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
11-06-2024:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration
12-06-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
13-06-2024:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration

17-06-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
18-06-2024:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration
19-06-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
20-06-2024:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration

24-06-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
25-06-2024:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration
26-06-2024:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
27-06-2024:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration

Specialist Advice

If you have subject-specific questions about your research, our  subject specialists are at your disposal.

Writing Advice

Many challenges and difficulties in writing can be dealt with in individual consultations. In an open office hour you can discuss your questions and problems with us and receive assistance.

We support you in the planning, structuring or wording of your texts. It doesn't matter whether you need help getting started with the first attempts or advice for the final touches of a work, a writing consultation can be taken advantage of at any time. What the writing consultancy cannot do, however, are the correction and editing of texts as well as content and technical support.

Open consultation hours will take place in the winter semester 2021/22. A registration is not necessary but during lecture-free time please contact us for an appointement.

Recommended for: All students, PhD students
Duration: By arrangement
Location: Online consultation via Zoom

Consultation hours:

During the semester break by appointment. Just send us an
email with your preferred times.

Library Tours

In our 60-minute guided tours, we help you find your way around the Central Library so that you can use it as your personal place of learning and working, and familiarize you with our services. For this, we use the app Actionbound as an interactive library introduction. Explore your future learning and working place with other participants by means of small tasks and quizzes.
Please bring a smartphone with you for the library rally. You can install the Actionbound app here in advance.
After the rally, you will receive a certificate of attendance for the library introduction.

Dates and registration

Location: Course room 2, Kiel University Library; meeting point: entrance hall

Contact person: Sabrina Lorenz