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 closed
Tu–Fr 10.00–18.00
Sa 10.00–17.00

Dec 24, 2018

closed – (Christmas Eve)

Dec 25, 2018

closed – (Christmas Day)

Dec 26, 2018

closed – (St. Stephen's Day)

Dec 27, 2018


Dec 28, 2018

10.00–18.00 –

Dec 29, 2018


Dec 31, 2018

closed – (New Year's Eve)

Jan 1, 2019

closed – (New Year)


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