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The library of the HFBK is a combined reference and lending library. The reading room is open to all during the stated opening hours; however, only members of the HFBK are allowed to borrow books.

Subjects especially well represented in the collection are: 20th and 21st century art, with an emphasis on the present day, specifically on monographs on the work of international artists and designers. In the area of theory, publications that create connections between theoretical knowledge and practical artistic work or demonstrate interdisciplinary interactions are best represented.

Please find the online HFBK catalogue here and our new acquisitions here.

The State Library provides an emergency service that enables students, teachers and staff* of all Hamburg universities to access their electronic resources remotely. For further information:

Please be aware of the current opening times!

HFBK Library

Lerchenfeld 2
Room 217/218
22081 Hamburg

Current opening times

4 May - 14 July 2020
Open Monday to Friday during regular opening hours (Mon-Tue: 10 am-8 pm; Fri: 10 am-6 pm) for research and book lending, on-site work is again possible for a limited number of students. We give priority to HFBK students and ask for your understanding should we have to ask non-HFBK students to leave the library due to the given circumstances.

Loans / Extensions


Staff member of the library