Union Catalogue

Discovery Service

Starting in the winter semester 2019/2020, all users of the University Library Kiel have access to our new discovery service for scientific literature research. This discovery service of the University Library Kiel should help you to get started in new topics and offer a modern alternative to the classical library catalog. Access to the user account is integrated.

In addition to the holdings of the Kiel University Library, the holdings of the libraries of the Common Library Network (GBV), the Library Network Southwest Germany (SWB) and other collections of the K10plus-Zentral [link to collections: DE only: ] are searched. This includes printed and electronic articles, books and journals (about 200 million records).

A responsive design facilitates access for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

Detailed search tips can be found here [Link to search tips: EN:]

Try our new Discovery Service [DE/EN:] and feel free to give us feedback via the online form [Link to the contact form: EN:] or use the forms available in the central library.

Discovery Service - Search Tips

Search terms
Enter one or more keywords into the search box. Recommended keywords will be shown while typing. To search for an exact word order, wrap your keywords in quotation marks. Example: "Chemie für Mediziner".

Search query and search result
The entered keywords will be searched over all fields of the title descritpion (person, title, bywords, etc.).

Wildcard *
You can use the symbol * at any place within or also at the beginning or end of your search term. It replaces an arbitrary number of characters.
Example: Schif*ahrt finds Schiffahrt and Schifffahrt

Wildcard ?
You can use the symbol ? at any place within or also at the beginning or end of your search term. It replaces exactly one character.
Example: Tos?ana finds Toskana and Toscana

More settings
In the "Settings"-menu you can chose one or more search criteria within "More settings".
Confirm the selection by clicking "Ok".
Then add the keywords to the search boxes and confirm them by clicking the checkbox.
Important! The settings will be used for futher searches. To stop this behavior, go to the settings and delete the keywords from the search boxes or reset the complete advanced search by clicking "Clear".

Signature search
A signature can be found by putting it between quotation marks.
Example: "Bp 9342", "D 3.04/2012,1", "43.0 Rie 1"

Person search
To find a specific person, preferably enter the name wrapped in quotation marks.
Example: "Theodor Storm"
Or use "More settings" to find a specific person.

Foreign characters
If the title is stored in the specific letters of the original language, you can also find it by using the original characters.
Example: История текста и биография А. П. Платонова

Phonetic search
Similar search terms can be found by using the "Phonetic search". This can be helpful if the correct spelling of a name or term is unknown.
Example: Tolstoy finds Tolstoi, Tolstoj etc.

Narrow down search result
By using the filters left hand to the search results, the result can be narrowed down to a selected period of time or, by activating the check boxes, to specific criteria (eg. electronic or printed).

Access to licensed electronic resouces (e-books, e-journals, e-articles)
The university library offers acces to the full text of licensed electronic resouces. For access from outside the campus a connection to the university network via VPN is necessary. Further information can be found here.

Union Catalogues of Scientific Libraries

Regional Catalogue of Kiel
The Regional Catalogue of Kiel lists the inventories of the following facilities: Kiel University Library, Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek (State Library), ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Kiel and Hamburg, Library of the University of Applied Sciences in Kiel, Library of the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Kiel, GEOMAR Library at the Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Research Institute of the German Armed Forces for Underwater Acoustics and Geophysics (FWG), Kiel City Archives, PTI Nordkirche Library Schleswig-Holstein, Library of the Institute for Quality Development of Schools in Schleswig-Holstein (IQSH), Kronshagen.

GBV Union Catalogue
Common Library Network (GBV) of the federal states of Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia as well as the Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage, search for books and journals with functions for online inter-library loan, journal articles presented in selection.

KVK - Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog
Simultaneous search in many German and foreign online catalogues and several book trade databases

ZDB journal database
Print and online journals with library holdings in German libraries - nationwide. No articles!

Common Library Network (GBV) databases
Online contents across different subjects and for individual special subject collections, online resources, local catalogues and other database offers.


German union catalogues


International Union Catalogue

WorldCat is the largest international union catalogue with more than 80 million entries. Participants are predominantly North American libraries.