Imagine a library with no walls, and where the whole University is reservoir of knowledge. I imagine Karlshochschule is exactly like this. The centrally located library forms the heart of the University, and spaces for reading and studying can be found throughout the entire campus, and are available to all students and visitors.

This means you're always surrounded by knowledge, and everywhere on the campus there are places where you can simply read, or dream about foreign cultures, or think about new ideas.

The library comprises more than 13,000 books as well as approximately 70 journals and is generally open to all interested parties. External visitors can use the library during the opening hours between 8am and 5pm.

Karlshochschule International University
Karlstraße 36 - 38
76133 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 721 48095 318

see our "Library Usage Guidelines Wintersemester 2021/2022" and the additon in the information below:

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Bachelor and Master Thesis 

Copies of each Bachelor's and Master's thesis until 2018, which has been rated accordingly very good are available in the library for viewing. The theses could be requested at the library desk during the lending times. Viewing of the theses takes place exclusively in the quite study area of the library and ends at the end of the lending time (library desk). The theses with submission until 2015 can be researched in the online catalogue. The provision of theses view copys with submission from 2019 is provided password protected as a digital copy in the Infopool of the library of Karlshochschule. The copyright for all originals of the attached pictures, plans or the like is held solely by the author of the respective thesis. Any duplication is forbidden.

Book return box 

Please return the books within the circulation times at the library or service desk, or use the return box at front of the library.

Borrowing books 

In order to borrow a library book, you will require your Karlshochschule student ID card. Books of which several copies are at hand can be kept for a duration of two weeks. A prolongation of this time is possible as long as no other reservation has been made for the book in question. Certain books ("Präsenzbestand") can only be lent out overnight and weekend, to be returned the following work day – at the Service Desk during the lending times. Journals and Bachelor Thesis are exempt from loan.

Business Source Premier (EBSCO) 

Business Source Premier comprises full texts concerning all economy fields, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accountancy, finance and business. Additional full text contents consist of market analyses, industry reports, country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses. Within the entire University, the database can be openly accessed, access outside of the university via VPN admissions (Virtual Private Network). You can find the Business Source Premier database via the Datenbank-Informationssystem (DBIS) or on EBSCO.

Citavi Reference Management 

The Karlshochschule has purchased a campus license for the software "Citavi for Windows - Reference Management and Knowledge Organization". Employees and students of our university can use this high-performance program for their studies, teaching, and research at their workspaces and at home. Citavi supports students and researchers in all stages of their work with literature management and organization of knowledge. The Campus license allows students and employees of the Karlshochschule to use the full version Citavi free of charge. Citavi permits you to organize your literature, research in technical, subject-specific databases and library catalogues, to replenish literary content, to collect quotations, organize knowledge, draft texts, plan tasks, and automatically create bibliographies in varying citation styles. The latest version is Citavi 6. Support for the Citavi program can be accessed in the "Tutorials" section. Get your Citavi Campus License now.


The database info system Datenbank-Infosystem (DBIS), as mentioned above, provides you with access to all open scientific databases, as well to such which are solely licensed by Karlshochschule.
The databases are organized by topic and can be sorted by database type. If you wish to have access to the University's licensed databases, follow the link "Datenbanken" on the library's homepage and click on "Sammlungen" to the left. Then proceed to "Lizenzierte Datenbanken", where you will be presented with listings of all databases. An overview of all possible databases can be found here.

Electronic Journals 

Electronic journals are listed in the Electronic Journal Library (EZB), which offers access to full texts of over 30,000 eJournals.

Electronic Media 

The library offers a range of electronic resources (databases, e-Journals). When using licensed databases and electronic media provided by Karlshochschule, the respective license and copyright regulations must be complied with. Please follow the Terms of use and access information for electronic media.

Essay databases 

Essay databases allow you to browse for journal articles on specific topics and consequently find a selection of papers containing said articles. However, you will not immediately find their full texts. The essay databases can be accessed through the Datenbank-Informationssystem (DBIS).


How can I find journal articles on a certain subject? FAQ 1 – Databases

The database only provided me with a reference to an article, not the full text – what do I do now? FAQ 2 – EZB

I am not able to access an article over either the databases or the electronic journal library – what do I do now? FAQ 3 – ZDB

I could not find a desired article in printed form in the electronic journal library or other libraries in Karlsruhe by using the ZDB. Is there any other way to obtain the article? FAQ 4 – Interlibrary loan


So far, no fees are requested for using the library. €1,50 are charged for the order of interlibrary loans.

German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB) 

The Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB)is one of the world’s largest databases for journals, newspapers, yearbooks, monographic series and other serial publications, everything that was and is being published periodically in printed or electronic form  from all countries, in all languages, without time restrictions, in printed, electronic or digitised form. Currently more than 4.000 libraries in Germany and Austria catalogue serial titles and local holdings information in the ZDB.  The ZDB currently contains more than 1,8 million title records, of these are e.g. 61.000 newspapers and 191.000 e-journals. It does not contain contents, i.e. journal articles, but only journal titles.

Interlibrary Loan 

Media that is found neither in our library nor in any other library in Karlsruhe can be ordered by other German libraries through interlibrary loan. Books and copies can be requested. The condition for an interlibrary loan is that the requested publication belongs to the providing library. The Online Interlibrary Loan can be accessed through the link on the website itself (Interlibrary Loan Order Instruction). If any problems arise, kindly fill out the Interlibrary Loan Contract Form which should be sent via email to bibl(at) or submitted to the Library desk. The fee for an interlibrary loan amounts to € 1,50. The delivery of books can last between 2-4 weeks, while that of the article copy can last from a couple of days to 2 weeks. Should the order arrive at our library, the interested party will be notified via email. The books and articles can be loaned exclusively from the library desk according to the borrowing and returning periods. We take great care of the delivery and return of interlibrary loans. The loan period is usually four weeks minus about three days for the return period. Renewals are only sometimes available on request. TANs are available in the library at lending times or can be requested via E-mail with the subject "TAN request" at bibl(at)


The library has a number of print journals. Journals are generally not available for loan. A short-term loan in the house during the loan time is possible. For this, kindly leave your student card at one of the desks. The journals must be returned no later than 5pm at the service desk. For access to archived journals previous issues, please ask at the library desk. Electronic journals can be searched for through the Electronic Journals Library – EZB.

Journal Ranking 

Journal rankings provide you with an overview as to which papers possess a high scientific rank in a certain field of expertise. There are different ways of constructing such a ranking, an important criterion being the Impact Factor (IF) of a journal. An IF is determined by the number of times the corresponding paper is cited in other journals. The most renowned Journal Rankings are the "Science Citation Index" (medicine, technology and science), the "Social Science Citation Index" (humanities), and the "Arts and Humanities Citation Index“ of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). These rankings are not uncontroversial and liable to pay costs. In addition there are further rankings which are determined through diverse criteria and are accessible free of charge throughout the web. Journal Rankings


JSTOR is an interdisciplinary archive of scientific journals. Karlshochschule enjoys access to about 300 journals of the business sector, the humanities and the sociology field of the first year, up to a "Moving Wall" two to five years before the current one. The database can be openly accessed throughout the University, access outside of the university via VPN admissions (Virtual Private Network), access details can be obtained either via the DBIS or directly via

Karlsruhe's virtual catalogue 

The Karlsruher Virtuelle Katalog (KVK) allows you to research in library and bookstore catalogues throughout the world. As such, they are able to simultaneously comb through a majority of different scientific libraries in Germany.

Library Catalogue 

The library's inventory can be looked up via the following link: das Karlsruher Bibliotheksportal. How to find library material – Manual Catalogue.

Library Regulations 

The Library Regulations of the Karlshochschule International University document the general rules and usage rules, diligence and replacement obligations, regulate the registration and lending, it defines the admission to use and lending, the user groups and their loan periods, the handling of the various library media and the Interlibrary loan. Download here and in the Infopool. A printed version is also available in the library.

Library staff team

Loan period 

The loan period amounts to 2 weeks, renewals are possible, provided that there are no pending reservations.

Master modules 

The Literature Module for the Master's Program is arranged separately by semesters and modules. The latest version of the library classification system can be seen here:


Media Offer 

Karlshochschule stock currently contains more than 13,000 volumes and 70 ongoing print journals.


The movies in stock are found in the showcase in the rear part of the quite study area. For borrowing, you take out the empty case of the desired film and bring it to the library desk where the DVD will be handed out. It is possible for movies to be loaned only during the lending times at the library counter. You can borrow the movie for up to 2 weeks, extensions are possible. All movies can be searched for at the online catalogue.

National licenses 

To improve the provision of electronic information at German universities, research institutions and scientific libraries in a sustainable manner, the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" ("German Research Council") has financed their acquisition of national licenses as of 2004. The aim of this initiative is to guarantee scientists, students and scientifically interested individuals free access to databases, digital compendiums, and electronic journals. Again, you can gain access to the subscribed offers of Karlshochschule via the Datenbank-Informationssystem (DBIS).

New acquisitions of the library 


OPUS is the online publication association of the University of Stuttgart. It offers you the possibility of going through electronic theses in full text format.


Prolongation for loaned media can be requested via email bibl(at), phone +49 721 48095-318, or asked about at the library desk. Renewals are possible at least 2 days before the loan period expires. We reserve the right to refuse any renewal request, and to allow the renewal to be authorized by the library management. Renewals are only possible with a student card that is still valid for a minimum of 2 weeks. Renewals are not possible when the medium is reserved or the limit of maximum extension (5) is reached. Overnight and weekend renewals will not be extended.

Purchase Suggestion 

You can always make suggestions concerning books to be purchased. In order to do so, please contact us either via an E-mail to bibl(at) or by filling out the following form: Purchase Suggestion. You can hand in the form at the library or send it as E-mail attachment.

Range of Media 

Our inventory comprises about 13,000 tomes and around 70 continuous print journals.

Reference Library 

The reference library includes media that is available to all users at all times and can't be borrowed except in certain cases (see "Loan"). These books can be recognized by the yellow sticker "Präsenzbestand" on the book spine. A short-term loan is possible only on campus. To do this, kindly register the medium and leave your student card at one of the desks. The medium should be returned no later than 5pm at the service desk.


Preregistration for loaned media can be requested via email bibl(at), phone +49 721 48095-318, or asked about at the library desk. You will be notified by email, as soon as the first copy of the reserved book is available. The reservation will be held and be valid up to one week, after which the book will be returned to its shelf if not picked up.

Reserve shelf for a semester 

A reserve shelf for a semester contains documents and media put together by lecturers, all relevant to their courses. They can be accessed by all at all times. However, they cannot be borrowed for home use. These reserve shelves are located in the front section of the library. 


The portal for statistics: Immediate access to over one million statistics and facts. As   one   of   the   largest   statistics   portals  worldwide, professionally   gathers   and   com-piles  data  from  numerous  institu-tes and sources. The portal offers four  languages:  the  German  plat-form   focuses   on   content   about   DACH-countries;  the  international  platform   incorporates   international data. Since 2015, the French and Spanish platforms provide country- specific data in their respective languages.  On  each  platform,  users have  access  to  statistics  on  more  than 80,000 topics from over 18,000 individual sources  covering roughly 170 different industry  sectors. Access to Statista can be obtained via the Database Information System (DBIS) or directly via

Subject Classification System 

Our books are organized categorically. Thus, books dealing with mutual subjects are placed side by side. You can find a book's location by searching through the library's catalogue under "Signatur". Should you be unable to find a certain book, feel free to ask us. Additionally, the following library map should aid you: Subject Classification System.


A TAN is a transaction number. It's a "one-time-password" that is valid for exactly one online inter-library loan order. You need to enter the TAN, together with your name and email address, into the order form. It verifies your order in the online form of the inter-library loan portal.

By using the TAN you authorize your online order. By the end of every online order you need to enter in exactly one TAN which becomes void after your order is accepted. Thus, a TAN expires after every use. You can get a TAN in the library during our office hours or order it via mail under the subject "TAN-Request".



Should you wish to use the electronic offers of the University (e.g. e-journals, various databases, SPSS) at home, you can connect with Karlshochschule via VPN (Virtual Private Network) and make your PC part of the campus network.

Get step by step tutorial for setting up the OpenVPN on Windows and Mac Computers via Infopool.


The periodicals in the library are listed in the Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB). You can search through this database when you are looking for a particular serial title and would like to know which library in Germany can provide it. The ZDB is one of the world’s largest databases for journals, newspapers, yearbooks, monographic series and other serial publications, everything that was and is being published periodically in printed or electronic form  from all countries, in all languages, without time restrictions, in printed, electronic or digitised form. Currently more than 4.000 libraries in Germany and Austria catalogue serial titles and local holdings information in the ZDB.  The ZDB currently contains more than 1,8 million title records, of these are e.g. 61.000 newspapers and 191.000 e-journals. It does not contain contents, i.e. journal articles, but only journal titles.

Furthermore, via the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) you can access the full contents of many scientific periodicals. For titles which are not available in the EZB, the ZDB will tell you which library can lend you the print issue.

Searching for journal articles

In order to search for articles on a particular topic, you first need to search in databases of articles. You can find these via the Database Information System (DBIS). Here you can click on the desired subject area and then sort the databases according to their "database type". This lists all the article databases for that particular subject area and you can search within them for articles.

Once you have found an article that interests you and the title of the periodical it is in, you can first check to see if the full text is accessible via the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).

If this does not provide you with the full text of the article, you can use the Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB) to find out which library has a print copy of the required periodical and then request a loan from that library.