As a documentation centre for the arts, the Art and Museum Library of the City of Cologne offers a wealth of diverse media on art, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition to the actual library, which houses all print media such as monographs, catalogues etc., as well as invitation cards, newsclips and posters, the library is also home to the Rheinisches Bildarchiv, a collection of more than 800,000 analogue and digital pictures focusing mainly on art and architecture.
The library is one of the largest public art and museum libraries for modern art and international photography. It is open to everyone and its use is free. The collections can be accessed in the two reading rooms, each with a different focus: the visual art collections are located in the reading room of Museum Ludwig; collections on applied art and product design, as well as the photography and film collections are located in the MAKK, where you can also get advice on the picture collections of the Rheinisches Bildarchiv.
Since the Art and Museum Library is a reference library, items cannot be borrowed but photocopying is available in the reading rooms. We recommend pre-ordering required items, since, due to a lack of space, large parts of the collections are stored externally. Pre-orders can be made directly via the online catalogue, via Email or telephone.
An der Rechtschule
T.: +49(0)221.221 267 29, -267 13
F.: +49(0)221.221 222 10
Heinrich-Böll-Platz / Bischofsgartenstraße 1
T.: +49(0)221.221 226 26
F.: +49(0)221.221 223 15