Library & Documentation Centre

Literature Search

The literature database BELIT contains the whole library collection.

The Bioethics Press Review provides a comprehensive overview of the latest bioethical issues covered by the German and international press.


The focus of the library collection is on the following areas:

  • foundations of bioethics,
  • medical ethics,
  • environmental ethics,
  • climate ethics,
  • animal ethics, and
  • ethics of science and technology, in particular ethics of artificial intelligence.

Furthermore, the library collects literature in general ethics, philosophy, theology, jurisprudence, medicine, and life sciences.

The holdings are freely accessible and shelved according to the library classification.

The library collects

  • monographs and collective works,
  • reference works,
  • journals,
  • grey literature (e.g. ethical codes, statements, theses, research reports, surveys, proceedings or parliamentary publications),
  • legal documents, and
  • newspaper articles.

Currently, the collection comprises approx. 14,000 books, 97,000 documents, and 100 journal subscriptions.

Using the Library

The library is open to everyone during the opening hours.


There are seven workspaces available at the library. Wi-Fi is available via eduroam or guest accounts.

Scanning, Printing, Copying

High-quality scanning to USB, printing and copying is possible.

Lending Service

The library is a reference library and books may not be borrowed.

However, it is possible to borrow items over the weekend from Friday to Monday. Members of departments of Bonn University may borrow books for one week.

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