Opening Times

Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 12.30 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm
and each second Friday of the month until 8 pm

The library remains closed on public holidays.

Using the library in times of Corona

Due to the Corona pandemic there are only three persons allowed to be inside the library simultaneously. Please reserve your stay up to two hours during our opening hours via telephone +49 251 5907 233 or via mail. We kindly ask you to follow the hygiene instructions and to maintain the necessary distances of two metres to another person. It is mandatory to wear a mask when entering the building and using the library. For further information click here.


The museum library is accessible to the public free of charge and is located adjacent to the museum’s foyer. Since 1908 it has been collecting and making available specialist literature from the fields of art and cultural studies. Today the inventory comprises over 135,000 items, relating to works of art in the collection and the museum’s temporary exhibitions.

The library makes its resources available for use onsite in the reading room, but loans are not permitted. Items from the repository can quickly be made available in the reading room upon request, provided they are not subject to any restrictions due to their condition or value. An extensive range of current art journals, works of reference and artist monographs are available to visitors for immediate use in the reading room. Internet connectivity is available via our WLAN hotspot. The library’s catalogue can also be researched online via the LWL library portal.


E-Mail: bibliothek.museumkunstkultur(at)

T +49 251 5907 233,   F +49 251 5907 210