Information for researchers

Research remains generally not restricted - but it is still subject to the applicable distancing and hygiene rules. Wherever possible, please continue to conduct activities that permit this from home. As from 4 May 2020, it will be possible to gradually increase attendance on site. This particularly applies to employees who are unable to work from home. Strict rules apply to the organisation of operations on site in the institutes and working groups, which absolutely must be adhered to in everyone's health interest. Risk assessments must be compiled and kept up to date in all institutions. Please continue to use the form created by the Central Unit: Safety Engineering for this. Please make the necessary arrangements on site when organising operations to ensure that basic functions and processes can also be maintained if there is an infection within your institution and parts of the team need to be quarantined at home. The corona website also contains information from third-party funders, all together and continually updated, to make it easier for you to access information about funds, application deadlines, etc.


Specialist libraries

The specialist libraries of the faculties, the seminars and the institutes can be used by researchers in compliance with hygiene standards. The deans make arrangements for access to the individual specialist libraries of their faculties, taking into account the respective spatial conditions on site. In doing so, they ensure that the hygiene standards and distance specifications are observed. Access should be regulated by appropriate organisational measures in such a way that library staff on site are not used as far as possible.

University Library (Central Library)

The University Library (Central Library) will resume the lending and return of print media from May 18, 2020 in a specially set up self-collection and return area. This is possible in the periods Mo-Fr from 9.00-16.30 (except public holidays).

Further information on restricted lending and return of print media in the Central Library

Please note that the University Library (Central Library) will remain closed to all visitors outside of the lending and return of print media. This does not apply to employees of commissioned service providers and companies. All on-site services beyond lending and returns are therefore still not possible at present.

In addition, the University Library provides digital compensation offers for its users, which are published on the webpresence of the University Library.

Interlibrary loan scanning service

Users of the University Library of Kiel (UB) can now order electronic copies of articles from scientific and specialist journals and partial copies of books (max. 10%) within the framework of inter-library loan in accordance with § 60e UrhG. Please place your interlibrary loan order for copies as usual via the GBV union catalogue.

In the context of the so-called COVID-19 emergency operation, libraries are allowed to send copies directly to their users electronically until 31.5.2020. Therefore, the staff of the University Library can send you your order by e-mail as a PDF file. Please check and complete your current e-mail address in your interlibrary loan account and in the order form. For this service the University Library will not charge any fees for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency operation. It is still not possible to provide paper copies or books via interlibrary loan. The staff of the University Library is available for your questions at

Scan service for Reserved Collections

The Central Library of the UB Kiel supports digital teaching at the CAU in the SoSe 2020 with a free scan service: Within the framework of § 60a UrhG (German Copyright Act), the library provides teachers in the SoSe 2020 with scans of printed texts from the holdings of the Central Library on request via the CAU cloud. Lecturers can then make these scans available to the closed circle of course participants in their electronic Reserved Collection in OLAT or in the CAU cloud.

Your access to e-media from home

All members and affiliates of the CAU have access to all electronic journals, databases and e-books licensed by the university via VPN access for access from home. Please note that for licensing reasons the regulations for F.A.Z.-BiblioNet differ. Juris can be used via VPN in exceptional cases until 15.6.2020. Beck-Online and Beck e-Bibliothekcan be used via VPN in exceptional cases until 30.6.2020 (registration required).

Additional temporary e-media offers

During the Corona crisis, some providers and publishers are opening up parts of their e-media offers to all members and relatives of the CAU for temporary access via VPN access , without any licence agreements with the CAU. Our linked list of these providers and publishers will be continuously updated as new offers become available.

Purchase suggestions for e-books

You belong to the CAU and need a specific book title that is not yet available here? Suggest it to us for licensing as an e-book so that we can make it available immediately to all members and relatives of the CAU via campus-wide access. We ask for your understanding that in view of the total volume of 35,000 euros for all faculties, only low- and medium-priced titles can be considered for selection.

European Commission

ERA corona platform

The platform is a one-stop shop providing comprehensive information about funding opportunities in relation to Coronavirus at European Union and national level.

It offers continuously updated information about Horizon 2020 call deadline extensions, specific or related to Coronavirus funded and ongoing projects, FAQs and other useful links. In cooperation with country correspondents, the platform maintains a dedicated section for national activities, funding opportunities, initiatives and projects in the Member States and other European countries.

The ERA corona platform is one of the 10 priorities of the European Commission and national ministries agreed on the  first ERAvsCorona action plan.

To the ERA platform

Research projects contributing to the fight against the pandemic will be supported separately by the EU.

Information on funding opportunities, projects and initiatives