The joint library of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media and the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG)

The collection of the library is available online in the library catalog. It can be used for research and managing your library account.

Online-Catalog (OPAC)

The ZKM Library with desks. In the background bookshelves

Covid-19 information

The library is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm, for visitors with a valid library card also Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm to 6 pm.
According to the latest changes in the Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Wuerttember, proof of complete vaccination or full recovery or a current, negative Covid19 test is required for a longer stay in the library. Proof will be checked at the library information desk, please bring your documents with you. To use the reading desks, please write to us for this at the e-mail adress, using "reading place" in the subject line.
Your requests will be processed from Monday to Friday.
The collection and return of media is also still possible without reservation during the opening hours.

Please contact the library for all inquiries: Requests will be processed from Monday to Friday.

The library's collection includes over 80,000 books and digital media. In addition, around 120 journals and four newspapers are subscribed.

As a museum and university library, the main topics are focused on contemporary art; especially media art and theory, philosophy, film, photography, product and graphic design, scenography, architecture, curatorial theory and practice, performing arts, theater, electroacoustic music, and literature. The collection also includes numerous artist monographs and exhibition catalogs. Furthermore, the library has a large collection of titles in languages other than German.

The library's entire collection is open and systematically shelved in order to allow for searching for literature directly at the shelf. Computer workstations are available for viewing digital data carriers and accessing online databases and the Internet. The library also takes care of several archives and estates owned by the ZKM and the HfG.


Opening Hours

The library is open for all visitors.

Wednesday* – Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday – Sonday 1 pm – 6 pm

*visitors with a valid library card also on Tuesday from 10 am to 6 pm

The library is closed from December 23, 2021 until January 5, 2022.

Working desks

Working desks in the library are available after prior registration by mail (


Access to the library, which is located on the first floor, is via the foyer.

Frequently Asked Questions

    • Visiting the Library
    • Library ID / Account
    • Borrowing Media
    • Semester- and Personal Collections

Library Flyer (English)

The digital Flyer of the library


ZKM | Karlsruhe
Wissen – Collections, Archives and Research

Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe ​


ZKM | Library
Tel: +49 (0) 721/8100-1717

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