Catalogues and Databases

KARLA Catalogue Portal

KARLA is the search, literature and information portal of the University Library.

Every search enquiry will be executed within the holdings of Kassel University Library (Books & more) and an external data pool (Articles & more), the EBSCO Discovery Service. For more information check the search tips.

Both hit lists include e-books, e-journals, printed items and more. Articles & more also contains a large number of items that are not in stock at the University Library. You can usually order them via the inter-library loan service.

Film and Media Archive at Kassel University

The database of the Film and Media Archive of the Faculty of Humanities is available at a special workstation in the campus library at Holländischer Platz. The viewing station is located in the lounge area, 2nd floor. The database offers search options as well as access to digitised films. Use is only possible for registered library users (login with library card number). Please bring your own headphones (jack or USB connection).

Information about the Film and Media Archive

hebis Portal

The hebis Portal enables you to search all German union catalogues and serves as the platform for inter-library loan in Germany.


EZB Electronic Journals Library

The EZB Electronic Journals Library lists all online journals held in German libraries. A green symbol indicates free access, a yellow symbol indicates accessibility within the campus network only and a red symbol indicates that there is no access for the University Library. In some cases table of contents or abstracts may be provided.


DBIS Database Information System

All available databases are listed in the Database Information System. Information on the contents of the database can be found in the full display of the respective database title. Similar to the EZB, there is also a colour coding.


Onleihe Hessen

Onleihe offers e-books and other digital media, which are available for registered patrons of Kassel University Library.
Further Information

Catalogues of libraries in Kassel

The Public Library is a municipal institution of the city of Kassel.

To the Web OPAC

The Archive of the German Women's Movement (AddF) collects, researches, and publishes on the history of women and women's movements from 1800 to the 1960s.

To the catalogue

The museum library in the church wing of Wilhelmshöhe Palace has been a public reference library of the Museumslandschaft Hessen-Kassel (mhk) since 1931.

To the catalog

The art library of the documenta archive with its international scope on modernism and contemporary art is one of the most comprehensive scientific libraries within Germany.

To the library catalogue

The rpi library offers more than 20,000 educational media units on the subject of religion for loan.

To the Web-OPAC

Other catalogues and search tools

The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue enables you to search German and international library catalogues, bookseller’s catalogues etc.


The German Union Catalogue of Serials lists all holdings of printed and online journals in German and some foreign libraries.


The Hessian Bibliography (HeBi) is the central literature documentation service in the state of Hesse. It documents literature published about Hesse, and covers not only printed literature, but also maps, audio-visual and electronic publications. The coverage of HeBi is currently from 1973 on.


The German National Library based in Frankfurt/Main and Leipzig is the central archive library in Germany.


The German Digital Library is a virtual collection of digitized books and texts as well as manuscripts, photographs, films, pictures, sculptures, sheet music, audio documents and other cultural assets. It also contains digital copies from the special collections of Kassel University Library.