The Bundeskunsthalle library is open to all the museum's visitors – whether art enthusiasts or scholars working in the area. The library is both a working library for members of the museum staff and a public research library. The library's holdings have been steadily developed since 1992, and now comprise a total of nearly 50,000 media (books, journals, CD-ROMs, and DVDs). Every year, the library adds around another 2,000 items.
The holdings are arranged systematically by subject group. The reading room allows visitors direct access to general and specialist encyclopaedias, dictionaries, etc. (Section A) and books on art (Section K), as well as the current year's issues of journals. Due to the limited space available, books on museology and exhibition studies (Section M), various specialist areas (Section F), and journals from previous years are stored in the stacks not open to the public. These works need to be ordered in advance. However, as long as a request for these materials is received by 11 a.m., we will provide same-day access. Books and other materials can be ordered by letter or email or by phone.
All other books and media, as well as journals or DVDs, can be ordered through the electronic library catalogue (Web-OPAC). Web-OPAC allows a search by title, author, entry, headword and other search parameters.
The reading room offers visitors internet stations, a scanner and an audio cabin as well as access to the key art history databases.
All of these services are open to the public.