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 of Cologne, together with a bibliography on energy economics. Large sections were destroyed during the following war years 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 in exceptional cases – but to a very limited extent 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 offered by Cologne’s University and City Library (USB). Also very helpful are the courses of the University of Cologne’s Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences – please have a look at the WiSo Teaching Library.

Then you should be well prepared to search the Cologne University Catalogue or within the collection of the EWI library. To gain access to your findings in the EWI library, please send an e-mail. Please note the opening hours as well as notes regarding reduced service times.