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 individual online consultation hours via Zoom, telephone support and answer your inquiries by email. In addition to personal advice, we also offer library tours for on-site orientation. Due to the current renovation measures, these are expected to take place again in the middle of the winter semester 2022/23.

Email: info@ub.uni-kiel.de
Web form: Ask us
By phone: +49 431 880-4701
Individual advice: On Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (see below for registration)

Further individual consulting offers

Individual Advice and Support with 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: Online consultation via Zoom


Dates and registration:

WiSe 2022/23

13-02-2023:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
14-02-2023:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration
15-02-2023:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
16-02-2023:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration

20-02-2023:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
21-02-2023:  11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Registration
22-02-2023:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration

27-02-2023:  2:15 - 3:00 p.m.  Registration
28-02-2023:  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.

Consultation: Academic Writing in English

This consultation is open to students and researchers from all disciplines writing in English. Questions addressed can include research options, referencing correctly and avoiding plagiarism, as well as planning, structuring, and revising papers. Proof-reading and/or copy-editing will not be provided. In order to provide focused advice, participants are asked to bring their texts to the consultation.

Recommended for: Students and researchers
Duration: According to arrangement
Place: Online via Zoom
Date: Wednesdays 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Consultant: Dr. Elisabeth Winkler, Lecturer in North American Studies, CAU Kiel
Registration: To enrol for this consultation, please write an email to Dr. Elisabeth Winkler.

Library Tours

We invite you to our guided tours in the Central Library to get to know your personal place of learning and work and to familiarize you with our services.

Contact person: Sabrina Lorenz
Email: fuehrungen@ub.uni-kiel.de

Please note: Due to the building measures in the Central Library, the library tours are expected to take place again in the middle of the winter semester 2022/23. In the meantime, feel free to take a virtual look around with our video tutorials & self-study courses (German) and use the library information for your questions about literature research and scientific work.