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The Cologne University and City Library is the largest academic library in North Rhine-Westphalia with a collection of more than eight million titles. It provides members of the university and the residents of Cologne with literature, knowledge and information.

Thousands of students visit the library every day to study, work in groups or borrow books. The spectrum ranges from classic textbooks and electronic media to historically valuable volumes.

As part of the university's Third Mission, the library helps to disseminate the knowledge gained from research and hosts events such as exhibitions, readings and panel discussions.