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  • From Monday, 1 March, the reading room will be open again.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in the library, also while seated.
  • Contact Tracing: Please leave your contact details in the marked box at the reading room exit. Forms are available on the tables in the reading room.
  • Access is only granted to those who do not have symptoms indicating a COVID-19 illness, those who do not live in the same household as someone who has COVID-19 and those who have not had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 10 days.

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–Fr 10.00AM–06.00PM
Sa–Su closed


St. Alban-Graben 10
CH-4010 Basel
Tel. +41 61 206 62 70