The Kunstmuseum Basel’s library doubles as the library of the University of Basel’s Department of Art History. It is also open to all readers interested in art.

Its holdings encompass ca. 163,000 works. Foci of the collection include literature on the history of painting, drawing, and sculpture from the late Middle Ages to the present with a special emphasis on fifteenth- and sixteenth-century art from Germany and the Upper Rhine region, as well as monographs on individual artists and literature on the methodology of the study of art and theories of art and visual culture.

In its 170-year history, the library has also accumulated a significant collection of historic books. Ca. 200 journals and yearbooks keep readers up to date on the contemporary arts scene and recent art scholarship; the most important periodicals are available in the reading room.



Opening hours

Mo–Tu 10.00–18.00
We 10.00–19.00
Th–Fr 10.00–18.00
Sa–Su closed

Mar 2, 2020

closed – (Basel Carnival)

Mar 3, 2020

closed – (Basel Carnival)

Mar 4, 2020

closed – (Basel Carnival)

Apr 9, 2020

10.00–13.00

Apr 10, 2020

closed – (Easter)

Apr 13, 2020

closed – (Easter)

May 1, 2020

closed – (International Worker's day)

May 21, 2020

closed – (Ascension)

May 22, 2020

closed

Aug 17, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 18, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 19, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 20, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 21, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 22, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 23, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 24, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 25, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 26, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 27, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Aug 28, 2020

closed – (Summer Holidays)

Dec 24, 2020

closed – (Christmas Eve)

Dec 25, 2020

closed – (Christmas Day)

Dec 26, 2020

closed – (St. Stephen's Day)

Dec 27, 2020

closed

Dec 28, 2020

closed

Dec 29, 2020

closed

Dec 30, 2020

closed

Dec 31, 2020

closed




Contact

KUNSTMUSEUM BASEL
BIBLIOTHEK
St. Alban-Graben 10
CH-4010 Basel
Tel. +41 61 206 62 70
kunstmuseum-bibliothek@unibas.ch