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

From Wednesday, March 17, 2021 the library is open for visitors with a valid library card Wed–Fri, 11 am– 5 pm.
On these days it will be possible to book a reduced number of reading desks. For this purpose please email us at and use »reading desk« in the subject line. The collection and return of media is still possible on Tuesdays 2–4 pm.

Please take the opportunity to pre-order the desired media through the catalog.

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 closed to the public until further notice. It remains accessible for members of the HfG and ZKM.

Monday – Friday ––
Saturday – Sunday ––


Working desks

Working desks in the library and the media lounge are currently not accessible.


Access to the library, which is located on the first floor, is via the foyer. During lockdown, please contact the library beforehand if you wish to visit.

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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