Library

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.
To use the reading desks no registration is required. Wearing a medical mask is still mandatory.

The collection and return of media is also still possible during the opening hours.

Please contact the library for all inquiries: bibliothek@zkm.de. Requests will be processed from Monday to Friday.
On Saturday and Sunday please call +49 721 8100 1717 during the opening hours.

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 for Easter from April 15 until 18, 2022.

Working desks

Registration for a reading place is not necessary at this time. Wearing a medical mask is still mandatory.

Access

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

Download

ZKM | Karlsruhe
Wissen – Collections, Archives and Research

Lorenzstraße 19
76135 Karlsruhe ​
Germany

Contacts

ZKM | Library
Tel: +49 (0) 721/8100-1717
E-Mail: bibliothek@zkm.de

Writings Exchange Requests
E-Mail: schriftentausch@zkm.de