The joint library of the ZKM and the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG)

The library catalogue is available online.

The ZKM Library with desks. In the background bookshelves

The Library houses an inventory of approximately 70,000 books and digital data media. In addition, around 120 magazines and five newspapers are also subscribed.

The Library's entire holdings are open and systematic in order to make it possible to search for literature directly on the shelf. Computer workstations are available for viewing digital data carriers and accessing online databases and the Internet. The library stock can be searched online via the library catalogue.


Opening Hours

The library is open again, but with restrictions. It is possible to borrow and return books and media. However, the number of reading desks is limited to a number of six. A maximum of 10 persons are allowed to be inside the library. Please note the Covid-19 Contact Form and register under if you enter as a guest (without a library card).

Please note the current opening hours:

Wednesday–Friday 10.00 am–7.00 pm (last admission 6:00 pm)
Saturday–Sunday 1.00 pm–6.00 pm


Reading Desks

There are currently six reading desks available. Please make your reservation in time by sending an e-mail to the following address: Please note in the subject line: »Reading Desks«.


Access to the library, which is located on the first floor, is via the foyer.

Library online

The joint library of the ZKM and the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG) contains about 70,000 books and digital data carriers.


Department Library
The library maintains several archives and estates owned by the ZKM and the HfG.

ZKM | Karlsruhe
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