Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Issue of Reader’s Cards for the library and photographic archive:

Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 1:00 pm and 14:00 pm - 17:00 pm

For initial registration please bring a passport or official ID and appropriate proof of academic or professional qualifications or, if a student, your student ID or proof of university registration.

Scanning / photocopying

Scans can be made on three self-service book scanners and saved to users’ own USB sticks; one scanner has an integrated DIN-A-4 black-and-white printer. Scanning is only possible with a prepaid card (copy card) available at the entrance desk.

Assistance with scanning in room 120:

Monday – Friday
3:00 pm – 4:45 pm


The library of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte is a reference library with limited access.  It primarily serves scholarly research and, further, professional activity and education.

With its holdings of over 580,000 volumes, among them the Duke Franz of Bavaria Library on Modern Art, around 1,140 current periodicals and over 65,000 auction catalogues, it counts among the largest art libraries internationally.

The overwhelming majority of the holdings are directly accessible in an open-stack system. In the various stack levels the books are organized with a call number (shelf mark) system in placement groups arranged formally and thematically.