kubikat is the collective library catalogue of four of the leading German scholarly research institutes in the field of art history: Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich, Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Paris, and Bibliotheca Hertziana (MPI), Rome.
kubikat is a collaborative partner of the Bibliotheksverbund Bayern (BVB), and the holdings of the four kubikat libraries are also included in its catalogue. They are thus also searchable through the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK). Complete information on individual copies (call numbers, availability) and thematic information (specific keyword indexing) are only found in kubikat itself, however. The kubikat database is also integrated in Art Discovery Group Catalogue.
The database currently contains more than 1.7 million title records, over 900,000 of which are entries for articles in journals, conference proceedings, festschrifts, exhibition catalogues, etc.; among these are also articles in electronic publications. kubikat is the largest art historical library database worldwide.
An inquiry can be limited to the holdings of an individual kubikat library. For the holdings of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte the ZI Document Delivery Service can be accessed from the full title view.
The kubikat database may also be searched through Art Discovery Group Catalogue. Art Discovery Group Catalogue offers an art-focused research experience within the OCLC WorldCat environment. Researchers may search within this specialized subset of Worldcat data to hone in on a vast trove of art-historical literature held in an ever-increasing number of the world’s finest art libraries. These art library records are searchable alongside additional content from a multitude of sources in the large metadata pool derived from thousands of commercial and freely-accessible collections, portals and repositories provided by OCLC as the WorldCat Central Index.