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

Please contact the library for all inquiries: 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 11 am – 6 pm
Saturday – Sonday 1 pm – 6 pm

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

Working desks

Registration for a reading place is not necessary at this time.


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

Frequently Asked Questions

Events and Projects

This teaser was produced on the occasion of the Open House 2021.

In our monthly video series, we introduce you to ZKM's literary treasures.

Bibliographies accompanying the Exhibition.

Take a look at special books from the library collection, selected by the staff.

At the open house day 2020, the library's book flea market was a special highlight for the visitors.

At the »Karlsruhe Museum Night«, the library invited visitors to an adventurous search in the bookforest.

Library Flyer (English)

The digital Flyer of the library



Special collections and bequests of the library
The acquired special collections are pre- and posthumous libraries or partial and thematic libraries of artists and scientists, which have been catalogued in order to make them accessible to the public.

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