Library

The Bundeskunsthalle library is open to all the museum's visitors – whether they are 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 its founding in 1992, and now comprises of more than 50.000 items (books, magazines, and movies)

The reading room provides direct access to books on art (Section K) and children’s books (Section Fl), as well as the current year's issues of magazines. Due to the limited space available, Section A, F, M, and Y, as well as magazines from previous years are stored in the stacks. The stacks are not open to the public, so works from there need to be ordered in advance. However, as long as a request for these materials is received by 9 a.m., we will provide same-day access. Books and other materials can be ordered by letter, e-mail or phone.

You can search through our library collection with our online database. The library staff will be happy to help you with any questions, whether by e-mail or by phone.

The reading room offers visitors computers with internet access, a bookscanner, a video booth and an auditory booth, as well as access to key art history databases.

All of these services are open to the public.

New: We now offer free Wifi access!

Opening hours restriction

The following regulations apply to the library:

  • The library is open Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. only for borrowing and returning media by prior arrangement.
  • Please arrange a time slot of 25 minutes for sole use in advance – by telephone T +49 228 9171–213 or by email. A longer stay in the library is not possible.
  • The time windows start every full and half hour.
  • Find out which media you would like to borrow in our library catalog and send us your loan requests in advance – this way we can have media from the magazine (signatures beginning with F, M and Y) ready for you.
  • We are happy to help you with thematic searches. Talk to us – by phone or email.
  • Can't come or prefer to stay at home? All borrowed media are automatically renewed until 23 April 2021.

We look forward to seeing you!

3D Printer

A 3D printer (Ultimaker 2 Extended+) is available for use in our reading room. With our help, you can print your own 3D models for free.

If you would like to use our 3D printer, please come by with your 3D model as a STL file on a thumb drive or SD card. Together, we will then prepare your file for printing and look at all options such as size, layer height, and infill.

Already know your way around a 3D printer and don’t need our help? In that case please bring a G-Code of your model on an SD card with you. Please note, that the print time should not be longer than 5 hours.

Please let us know beforehand, if you want to use our 3D printer – via e-mail or phone: T +49 228  9171–213.

A popular website offering free printable files is www.thingiverse.com.
If you want to design your own simple model, try out www.tinkercad.com.

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Illustrations
  1. Library of the Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany Foto: Mark Brandenburgh 2014 ©Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH Library employee at work
  2. Library of the Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany Photo: Mark Brandenburgh 2014 © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH Library employee shows a book.
  3. Library of the Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany Photo: Margot Flatow 2014 © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH
  4. Library of the Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany Photo: Mark Brandenburgh © Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland GmbH View into the library of the Bundeskunsthalle

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland

Museumsmeile Bonn
Helmut-Kohl-Allee 4
53113 Bonn
T +49 228 9171–200

Opening hours

Mondays closed
Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
(including public holidays even those which fall on Mondays)