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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:

HFBK Library

Lerchenfeld 2
Room 217/218
22081 Hamburg

Current opening times

Mon-Thu: 10 am-8 pm

Fri: 10 am-6 pm

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.

Max. 10 persons (including staff) can stay in the library.

Loans / Extensions


Staff member of the library

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

New articles at is the social network of the HFBK. It opens a digital forum for exchange and discussion in which students, teachers, guest authors, art critics and the interested public provide a wide range of content and perspectives.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?

Annual Exhibition 2020 at the HFBK

The HFBK’s traditional annual exhibition („Jahresausstellung“) opens in February every year. For three days the students – from first-years to post-graduates – present a broad spectrum of their current work and projects from all the different departments. All classrooms, studios and halls in the building are used. Interested visitors are cordially invited to gain an impression of the art currently being created at the HFBK.