Already in 1943, when the institute was founded, a collection of works on relevant topics was created, which was located in the cellars of the university, together with a bibliography on energy economics. Large sections were destroyed during the war years that followed in which the library suffered a series of bomb attacks. When the Institute of Energy Economics was refounded in 1947, inventories were acquired for this library from archives, corporate and university libraries and private collections from the whole of Germany.

Our library now contains around 10,000 books and 30 journals on the subject of energy economics and energy-related issues as environment, climate, transport, legislation, energy and economic policy.

The library, which is based at the EWI premises in Vogelsanger Strasse, is a fundamental source of information for the staff and all students of the University of Cologne. The library is also open to supporting institutions and the public on request.

Character and Equipment of the Library

The library at the Institute of Energy Economics is a reference library; restricted loans are possible in certain cases. Working in the library is possible – but to a rather limited extend and upon consultation. You can use the UKLAN (Cologne University’s network) with your own laptop.

Searching for Literature

To make best use of the library, please learn how to search for literature before your visit, e.g. with the help of the e-learning programme ‘Effizient recherchieren‘ offered by Cologne’s university and state library (USB). There is also the option of using film- or audio-guides (‘Audiotour und Infofilme‘). Another good way of learning how to make the best use of the library’s online catalogue is to participate in a research course (‘Recherchekurse vor Ort‘) on the grounds of the USB, which can be booked online.

Then please search for literature as described, in Cologne University Catalogue or within the collection oft the EWI library before getting in contact with the details of your findings, preferably by e-mail. Please note the opening hours as well as notes regarding reduced service times.