The Art Library

The Museum and the Art Library are closed for extensive renovation work.

The Kunsthalle Karlsruhe’s Art Library is one of Germany’s largest museum libraries open to the public. It is a reference, not a lending library. Our user can browse the majority of our holdings directly at the open stacks and use them at allocated desks. You can research our holdings online.

Journals have to be ordered at least one day in advance. Should you want to use them on our open Saturday, which is the last Saturday each month, please submit the order by Thursday at the latest.

The Art Library is founded on the private book collection of Margravine Caroline Luise of Baden (1723–1783). The library’s holdings currently run to about 170.000 volumes and include monographs, catalogues and booklets, as well as audio-visual and electronic resources. In addition the library presides over more than 1000 different magazines and periodicals, with over 200 titles on subscriptions. Core aspects of the collection are general works on art history, painting, the graphic arts, as well as catalogues for exhibitions, public and private collections, and the art market, gathered from all over the world. 

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 6 pm

During these times you can visit the library without an appointment, if you would like to have a look around. Numbers are limited and all Covid-19 hygiene measures must be observed. We have 2 places reserved in the library for research on these days. If you plan to do some research, please make an appointment.

Next Open Saturday

October 31, 2020


Please make an appointment by mail or phone, stating the titles you would like to use, including call numbers, if possible.

The team of the Art Library is looking forward to your questions, orders and suggestions:

Phone: 0721 926 33 58 (valid soon)


The team of the Art Library is looking forward to your suggestions:

Phone: +49721 20119 245

Catalogue of the Art Library