Central facility for the university's literature and information supply and working and learning place for all students and teachers.

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Montag – Freitag
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Einführung in die Nutzung unserer Kataloge und Datenbanken


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Die wichtigsten Bücher für Ihren Start ins Studium haben wir für Sie in Semesterapparaten zur Präsenznutzung zusammengestellt – damit Sie alle relevanten Bücher immer griffbereit haben und so einen guten Überblick über die Grundlagen der verschiedenen Module des Grundstudiums bekommen.

Die Semesterapparate für die Module 1 – 8 finden Sie bei den Arbeitsplätzen im vorderen Bereich der Bibliothek.

Die meisten Titel führen wir auch noch einmal als ausleihbare Exemplare in unserem regulären Bestand – den genauen Standort (Signatur!)  finden Sie in unserem Catalog.

With a student or university ID card, media can be borrowed independently at the lending and return shelves at any time.

Lending periods:

  • Standard lending: 3 weeks
  • Short-term lending: 3 days (media marked with a blue dot)
  • No lending of journals and reference stock (media marked with a red dot)

Reservations: Borrowed media can be reserved via a function in the WebCatalog. As soon as the desired media are available, you will receive a notification by e-mail.

Renewals: Media may be renewed for three weeks at a time, provided they have not been reserved by someone else.

Fees: Loans, reservations and renewals are free of charge. Fees are only charged for media not returned on time or not renewed.

Return: Media can also be returned by mail – we recommend using insured shipping!

Copying & Scanning: All printed media can be copied or scanned for a fee. Please bring a USB data carrier for scans.

All faculty, students, and university staff have the option of ordering books or essays, as well as journal articles not in our collection, from other libraries via interlibrary loan (ALV). To place an interlibrary loan request, please send as complete bibliographic information as possible, along with your contact information and matriculation number (if available), by e-mail to 

Bitte bestellen Sie nur Medien, die nicht in unserem lokalen Bibliothekskatalog nachgewiesen sind. Bitte beachten Sie, dass keine elektronischen Ressourcen wie E-Books, Dokumente aus Datenbanken etc. geordert werden können.

Cost (payment upon collection): 

  • Buch-Bestellungen: 2,50 EUR
  • Kopien-Bestellungen (unter 20 Seiten): 2,50 EUR


  • Postal delivery to your home is not possible. If necessary, please contact SUBITO or your local library. 
  • For interlibrary loan books, make sure that you receive a loan slip or loan slip stub from the lending library with the book, which must remain with the book until it is returned.
  • If you would like to have an authorized person pick up your interlibrary loan, please notify us in advance by e-mail.

Renewal: In case of renewal, please contact us in time, as we have to apply for it at the lending library. Write us an e-mail with your name and the deadline as well as the PFL number of the interlibrary loan (e.g. 19/124), both can be found on the loan slip. There will be no notification of renewal.

You can access your library account via the Web catalog and the integrated function "My account". To log in, use your matriculation or user number and your date of birth as your initial password, which you should always change after logging in for the first time. In your library account you will receive an overview of all loans, reservations and all media provided for you, as well as fees incurred. Here you can extend loan periods of borrowed media and manage reservations.

The current usage regulations apply (see legal basis).

  • Please keep your voice down and do not make any phone calls.
  • Please do not consume food or beverages (except water) in the library.
  • Please do not remove items from the library without officially checking them out.

All of the library's holdings are equipped with an RFID system for media booking and security. In addition, the entrance area is under video surveillance. By using the library, you accept the library's administrative and usage regulations as well as the fee statutes.

Catalogs & Resources

The literature offered by Kehl University can be found in the catalogs and databases listed below. We provide an introduction to the use in the following document: „Bibliotheks-Checkliste“

Note: You are obligated to use these databases/resources exclusively for official purposes and are not allowed to pass on content or access data to third parties.

  • KVK - Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog – Libraries, library networks throughout Germany and worldwide
  • WorldCat International meta-catalog with holdings records in more than 80 countries in English language

All offers are maintained by universities, libraries or other information institutions and are freely available. They are characterized by high professional quality and are primarily used to search for bibliographic information, but also contain numerous full texts.

Many subject libraries are continuously being developed and transferred into subject information services. Current information and a directory of all subject information services can be found in the General overview.

  • BASE Bielefeld Academic Search Engine
  • SSOAR Social Science Open Access Repository

  • Database on legal information
  • Important for commentaries, decisions and journal articles
  • Licensed are the university module with numerous commentaries, standards and journals as well as the additional modules „Öffentliches Baurecht KOHLHAMMER“ and „Umweltrecht PLUS“.
  • All contents of our modules are listed in the catalog. 
  • If you are ever unable to access a particular source from beck-online, we may be able to provide you with the information you need through an interlibrary loan. 
  • beck-online can also be very helpful if you are looking for articles in professional journals that cannot be accessed directly via beck-online, but which we may have archived in printed form. Search online - read in print!

Access: Can also be used on campus without registration on your own computer via WLAN. You can register for personalized university access for remote access. This initial registration can only be done on the campus of the University of Public Administration in Kehl. To do this, you will need a valid university e-mail address and an authentication app on your smartphone.

More information about university access for remote access

The HTK-AuslR links the legal sources of aliens law with the legislative materials, administrative regulations, important court decisions and commentary.

The HTK-AuslR is aimed at the practitioner in authorities, law firms and courts, who urgently needs an up-to-date treatment of the law on foreigners. The important decisions cited in the commentary can be accessed directly (full text). The same applies to the laws cited in the administrative regulations. With regard to the cited judgments and decisions, it should be noted that the HTK-AuslR is not a database of judgments comparable to Juris.

Included are the decisions that have been evaluated by the commentators and posted in the commentary. It is precisely this pre-selection that is essential for effective handling of the law on foreigners.

Access: Can only be used on campus.

With jurisWeb, the complete range of legal information is available online and can be accessed at any time: Case law, legal texts, administrative regulations, the juris practical commentary and literature. In addition, there is valuable company information.

Access: On the campus of Kehl University you can use juris without a personalized login. To get a personalized access for remote access write a mail with the subject [JURIS] to Please write your name and your university e-mail address in the text field of the e-mail. You will then receive an e-mail from Juris with your personal access data.

In addition to the printed holdings of KGSt materials, all of which are listed in the catalog, the library also offers you the opportunity to search for documents and other materials in electronic form in the KGSt online portal and to obtain them as downloads or in printed form. As a student at the university, you have the option of ordering KGSt materials through the library.

Since we can only offer you this service if we can ensure compliance with the user agreement and trademark protection, the ordering and delivery process is a bit more involved. 

  • Read the instructions for the ordering process carefully. Pay particular attention to the notes on the Markenschutz.
  • If you already know how to do it, send the signed declaration of trademark protection and your order to
  • Important: Your contact for all questions regarding the KGSt is the library of the university. Please do NOT contact the KGSt directly and please do NOT register as a user at the KGSt portal. This does not work and leads to unclear assignments and misunderstandings.

Ordering process:

  1. Please read the information below as well as the notes on the Markenschutz
  2. Research which materials you need: You can do this via various union catalogs or the freely accessible part of the KGSt portal. To order the materials via the library NO registration is necessary!
  3. On request, we can also log you into the KGSt portal in the library and thus enable you to conduct independent research - Ordering via the library is nevertheless indispensable for obtaining the full texts. A direct download is NOT possible!
  4. Order the desired materials via e-mail to
  5. We will send you an email as soon as the materials can be picked up. Alternatively, we can also send you the materials by e-mail.
  6. You fill out the user agreement and return it to us signed.
  7. You will receive the KGSt materials and a copy of the signed user agreement for your reference.
  8. If you inform KGSt about the use of the materials according to the usage agreement, please put us in Cc.

Only through these elaborate measures is it possible for us as a library to provide you with the full range of all KGSt products for your studies.

Legal notice: Violation of the user agreements or infringement of trademark rights may be punished by exclusion from use of the library.

For the state university libraries and the two state libraries in Baden-Württemberg, a central offer of bibliographic, factual and full-text databases is provided within the framework of the project "Regional Database Information" (ReDI). On the one hand, the database offer consists of those products for which the ReDI consortium has concluded state licenses with the respective providers from central financial resources. Because the data offer changes often, it is recommended to have a look at the ReDI page for the most different subject areas.

Access: Only available on campus - no personal login required!

Freiburg im Breisgau









Via the providers Proquest Ebook Central and Nomos eLibrary the library has licensed numerous e-books from a wide range of fields. The e-books offer you textbooks, basic and research literature in a modern and functional digital environment. Differentiated search options and numerous personalized functions enable comfortable, efficient and location-independent reading and working. A likewise personalized virtual bookshelf allows you to systematically organize your favorites. An export function to the literature management system Citavi in RIS format completes the offer.

Wichtiger Hinweis: Da wir zurzeit erfreulicherweise viele digitale Ressourcen und E-Books neu lizenzieren können und es daher zu Verzögerungen bei der Katalogisierung kommen kann, sollten Sie bei Ihrer Recherche immer auch direkt in den Portalen von ProQuest Ebook Central und der Nomos eLibrary suchen und nicht nur in unserem Catalog.

Search in the library catalog (OPAC)

All e-books are registered in our Catalog You therefore have a uniform search entry for all media, which you can use as usual. E-books are displayed together with all other hits. Already in the hit list, you will find a link to the respective electronic resource for each e-book title.

If you want to search in our catalog and ONLY want to search for e-books, you can select the setting e-books in the category media type in the advanced search. In this case, you will also receive all e-books from beck-online in the hit sets.

Search in the portals

You can also search directly in the portals of our providers ProQuest or Nomos eLibrary for e-books specifically. For remote access, a login via Shibboleth is required. 

In addition to a simple one-slit search, both portals offer you an advanced search as well as a thematic overview for an explorative search entry. In the advanced search, a search with keywords is particularly recommended to find all titles on a topic. 

Like many electronic resources, our e-books are only available to students and members of Kehl University for licensing reasons. 

On campus

When accessing from the university's computer network, the content is already unlocked and immediately available. You only need to log in if you want to use your personalized functions in the ProQuest portal.

Via remote access

If you want to use e-books remotely, you have to authenticate yourself already when entering the portal. To log in via the Shibboleth authentication service, first select your institution/university to access the Shibboleth login page. To log in, use the same identifier that you use to log in to the university's computer network.

If you have difficulty logging in or using the system, please contact the library staff.

All e-books from our provider ProQuest are distributed via the portal Ebook Central All e-books are listed in our online catalog and can be found via the search. 

You can either read the e-books online or download them as PDFs for offline use. 

  • Online: When you read an e-book directly online, you always have access to the entire e-book and all personalized features. The options for printing and downloading are given.
  • Offline: All e-books that we have purchased with triple or multiple licenses can also be downloaded as PDFs for a limited time and used offline. However, you will not have access to the numerous personalized online functions. To be able to open and read the downloaded files you need Adobe Digital Editions, a free and cross-format e-book reader.

Springer-Link offers you countless e-books and e-journals from all subject areas and from many associated publishers. We have realized numerous titles for you via national or state licenses, many other articles, monographs or journals are available as OpenAccess. 

Auf dem Campus können Sie alle lizenzierten Titel sofort ohne Anmeldung aufrufen und herunterladen.

Über eine Anmeldung über Ihre Institution/Hochschule ist natürlich auch eine Nutzung per Fernzugriff möglich: SpringerLink > Anmelden > Zugang über Ihre Institution > University of Applied Sciences Kehl > Anmeldung mit Ihrer Hochschul-ID

You can also find numerous titles from Springer-Verlag in our ProQuest-Portal.

In the Nomos eLibrary you will find specialized books from all important fields of law and the social sciences. It contains monographs, series and journals from Nomos Verlag and numerous partner publishers. 

By using the presets "only accessible works" or "only in free content" you can specify the search, or select "open access" content specifically.

Titles that are not covered by our licensing (indicated by the red "not available" mark) may be available to you in print via interlibrary loan. Licensing of individual titles is only possible in exceptional cases.

You can download all available titles in PDF format, but you are not allowed to redistribute them. The downloaded titles are available to you permanently.

As soon as "Kehl University of Public Administration" appears as the licensee in the top right-hand corner of the portal, the registration has worked. The fact that you cannot directly read numerous titles digitally even despite successful registration is due to the licensing and business models of the providers. 


The university library offers you about 150 academic journals, most of which are archived without gaps. In addition to legal journals from the most important fields of law, we also stock the most important official journals and bulletins as well as numerous titles from the fields of social sciences, economics and administration.

The current issues and the volumes can be found in alphabetical order in the compartments of the two central journal shelves in the reading room. You will find the current volume of a journal in the individual compartments, the current issue is clearly visible in the flap. The bound issues of earlier volumes are located at the appropriate places in the systematically arranged holdings.

All the journals that are archived by us are available in our Catalog with information about the holdings and the location on the shelves. Alternatively, you can find the respective call numbers as well as information on the stock history on our journal stock list, which is also available on the journal shelves for reference purposes.

Unlike the bound volumes in the systematically arranged collection, the journal titles in the compartments of the journal cabinets are arranged alphabetically. 

Attention! The alphabetical order is determined by the full title of the journal, NOT the abbreviation! Example: "Die öffentliche Verwaltung" (DÖV) is classified under O - not under D!

All journals - both individual issues and bound volumes - are reference holdings and as such cannot be borrowed. We will gladly provide you with articles from journals that are not in our collection via interlibrary loan.

The Catalog only lists the titles of journals. Individual articles can only be found there in isolated cases. For a targeted search or an explorative thematic search for journal articles, other strategies or reference tools are recommended:

  • Virtual libraries
  • Specialized Information Services
  • Article databases
  • Specialized databases, especially bibliographic databases

These digital reference tools/information resources allow more precise and efficient research than the use of printed registers and indexes traditionally found in the bound annual volumes. Even if not all journals are available digitally due to licensing restrictions (for example, in beck-online), the digital information tools with their improved search options can at least be used for research.

Here you will find reference lists to our journal holdings. The lists contain, among other things, information on all current journal titles, the corresponding holdings, i.e. which volumes of the respective title are available in the library, and a call number that shows you where you can find these volumes in the holdings.

Inventory PRINT

Inventory DIGITAL

Inventory of cancelled magazines PRINT

Ressource Discovery System (RDS) ​

With our new Resource Discovery System (RDS), you not only search our library's catalog, but also simultaneously discover numerous other digital resources such as bibliographic subject databases and full-text databases.

EBSCO's new Resource Discovery System (RDS) gives you the ability to search numerous scholarly electronic resources for bibliographic information as well as full text. This allows you to find relevant literature and information on your topics and issues, or to explore new topics for the first time.

Of course, the holdings of our library are also integrated and searchable. The familiar web catalog (OPAC) remains always accessible and usable through the link "to the library catalog" for local hits, among other things for account management.

The special feature and the invaluable added value of the RDS are the countless information that you can find either in the form of bibliographic references or as digitally available full texts and in many cases also use directly. For this purpose, the RDS searches numerous catalogs, licensed as well as freely available databases, portals and repositories - all quickly and conveniently via a functional search interface.  

The diversity and sheer volume of available resources naturally make such a system more complex and thus - at least at first glance - more confusing. However, once you have familiarized yourself - playfully and exploratively - with the numerous search and filter options of the "advanced search" and the special features of the hit lists, this system can also be operated intuitively and safely.

The RDS also gives you direct access to resources that we have licensed only for members of Kehl University. In order to use these from home, you must log in. You can also log in to the system to use personalized functions. You should distinguish between these two different "logins": 

Registration for use outside the university ("off-campus")

To access and use all resources from outside the university (off-campus-access) you have to log in with Shibboleth. 

To do so, click on the yellow ribbon "Hello Guest - Login for full access" and then select the option "Institutional Login" You will be redirected to the Shibboleth login page of Kehl University, where you will use the login data that you also use to log in to our local IT system. 

Once logged in via Shibboleth, you also don't need another login for our e-books and many other digital resources.

Log in with a personal account (optional)

To be able to use further personalized functions of the RDS, you can set up your personal RDS account via the "Log in" button. The use of these personalized functions is optional but quite useful: With this account you can save your personal search settings as well as your own searches and thus easily repeat them to refine your search strategies step by step. You can also save and organize all found materials in personal folders, building your own knowledge base that you can also share with others. 

Here are just a few of the features and functions of the RDS briefly explained to help you get started with your search.

RDS or library catalog?
Whether in the hit lists or with numerous individual hits - at many points you can switch directly to our local web catalog. Here, as usual, you will get further information on the media type and on access and usage options. In the case of digital resources that have been licensed for our university (e-books, beck-online, etc.), you will only receive the link to the desired resource here. Use both search options in parallel and always switch to the library catalog when you have found a specific medium in the library and want to use it.

Simple Search or Advanced Search?
Wie bei fast allen frei zugänglichen Informationsangeboten haben Sie auch bei unserem RDS die Wahl zwischen einer einfachen und einer erweiterten Suche. Die einfache Suche ist als Suchbox direkt auf der Homepage unserer Bibliothek zu finden und ist so voreingestellt, dass Sie nur Medien angezeigt bekommen, die in der Bibliothek verfügbar sind oder über Lizenzen der Bibliothek genutzt werden können. Wir empfehlen immer die Verwendung der „erweiterten Suche.“ Hier haben Sie die Möglichkeit, bereits Ihre erste Such schon durch die Verwendung zahlreicher Parameter zu präzisieren und so die Trefferzahl von vornherein übersichtlich zu halten.

Search options and filters
All filter functions are not only available for the extended search but also for the subsequent filtering of large hit sets. As soon as you change a search parameter, the hit bars are recalculated and displayed in rank order. It is advisable to set the filters carefully and to change them step by step, observing exactly how the hit list "reacts". Some presets and filters have a more noticeable effect on the hit list than others.

Full texts
With this option, you focus your search on freely available digital full texts or those licensed through the library. Although this allows you to reach numerous resources quickly and easily, this focus also means hiding many other potentially relevant hits. Therefore, you should only switch on this filter when you have a good overview of the total number of hits.

Catalog only
Mit dieser Option schränken Sie Ihre Suche auf nur in unserem Katalog nachgewiesene Medien ein – hier empfiehlt sich tatsächlich, gleich im herkömmlichen Katalog zu suchen – in diesem Fall funktioniert das präziser und schneller.

An important filter is the languages in which the media are written. Of course, focusing on German-language media seems reasonable at first - many scientific publications are written in English - so this option should also always be kept as part of the basic setting. In the case of international or even European law topics, the addition of further languages is always a simple necessity. 

In addition to the hit list, the right column also shows "other sources" which are not directly searched by the RDS, but to which the search query is passed on: If you click on one of the "additional sources", you can expand your search to these sources and also "switch" to these portals and continue your exploration there.

Not all providers listed here provide the necessary interfaces. Therefore, it may happen that your initial search terms are not forwarded, but only the start pages of the selected resource are displayed. Since we consider these sources to be important information resources, we have included them in this list.

Compared to our conventional catalog, you can extend the range of your search - however, you should also consult other sources and reference tools such as union and general catalogs in order to search in particular the holdings and offers of numerous university, college and state libraries, which you can use either locally or through the possibilities of interlibrary loan via our library.

Even - or especially - in the digital space, not everything that is technically feasible is actually possible.

Even though we have extensively licensed many resources and offers for you, not everything is available immediately and free of charge. Licensing and copyright restrictions, as well as the business models of service providers, sometimes make direct use difficult or impossible - but it is often possible for the library to make them available or for them to be used digitally in a roundabout way. 

Ask us if you ever can't use a displayed resource directly - we'll be happy to help you get all the information you need.

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