The Art Library

Due to the closure of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe for refurbishment, the library is now located on the 1st floor east at Hermann-Veit-Straße 6, 76135 Karlsruhe.

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.

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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 and Wednesday: 10am – 4pm

Due to extensive renovation work of the Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, the library is now located on the 1st floor at Hermann-Veit-Straße 6, 76135 Karlsruhe.

An appointment to use the library is not necessary, however some reference books are located with the Prints and Drawings collection or in Conservation and must be requested in advance. If you wish to consult books with a location of “Kupferstichkabinett : Handapparat Kabinett” (this includes series such as Bartsch or Hollstein ) or “Restaurierung” in the OPAC, please send us a list along with the date of your visit. Consultation of these resources may necessitate more than one visit.

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