Kunstbibliothek Berlin

The Berlin Art Library (German: Kunstbibliothek Berlin) is an agency of the Berlin State Museums under the auspices of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. It has approximately 400,000 volumes and ranks among Germany's leading institutions specializing in the literature of Art History. The library is located on the Kulturforum in Berlin-Tiergarten, Germany and attracts 35,000 visitors annually.[1]

Kunstbibliothek Berlin
LocationMatthäikirchplatz 6
Berlin, Germany
Items collectedbooks, photographs
Size333,057 books
24,000 rare books
59,809 auction catalogs
49,831 microforms
1422 journal subscriptions
Legal depositNo
Access and use
Access requirementsOpen to anyone with a need to use the collections and services
CirculationDoes not circulate
Other information
DirectorJoachim Brand

The Library also has a comprehensive photographic collection. Its holdings date back to the very early days of photography, through Pictorialism around the late 19th and early 20th centuries, through the Neues Sehen or New Vision of the 1920s, to the new artistic styles of the present day. Since June 2004, the collection has held exhibitions under the same roof as the Helmut Newton Foundation at the Museum of Photography opposite the Zoologischer Garten station. After a complete restoration of the Kaisersaal, the Art Library Photographic Collection now has its own exhibition space.

Selections of works from the library's many other collections are regularly presented in special exhibitions. The neighboring Kupferstichkabinett Berlin (Museum of Prints and Drawings) concentrates primarily on fine art drawings and prints. The Art Library does not circulate, but its collections can be viewed upon request in the Art Library's study room.

The collectionsEdit

The Art Library acquires and researches scientific literature on the history of European art from late antiquity to the present. The collection also includes:

  • 1,400 current international periodicals
  • Architectural drawings
  • Drawings and prints in the field of Applied arts
  • The Lipperheide Costume Library
  • Posters and advertisements
  • Graphic and Book design collections
  • Photographic Collection
    • Historic photographs archive,
    • Collection of artistic photography
    • Personal bequests archive
    • Photogrammetric holdings
    • Historical postcards from the 19th and 20th century.


  1. ^ "SMB Kunstbibliothek" [Art Library of the Berlin State Museums] (in German). SMB. Retrieved 2012-02-05.

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