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.
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 exhibition catalogues, 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. 240 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.
Our holdings are searchable via ->swisscovery. The search portal gives you access to the media holdings of around 475 academic libraries in Switzerland. To use swisscovery, you need to register. Please find further information about registration on the website of the ->University Libary Basel.
Indexing status of auction catalogs and storage catalogs.
The auction catalogs of our holdings are only partially indexed in the electronic catalog swisscovery and usually without individual title listing.
The storage catalogs of our holdings are not listed in the electronic catalog swisscovery.
However, these holdings can alternatively be searched via a card catalog. Please contact our staff for more information.
Our library is public and available free of charge to everyone interested in art.
Barrier-free-access: Please contact us in advance either by calling or by email.
You need a swisscovery accout and a library ticket to order media and loan them out. Also valid are library tickets from other SLSP-libraries. Those studying at the University of Basel can use their student ID in place of a ticket. It is possible to register HERE.
Our library offers you:
In our freely accessible reading room you will find reference works, basic literature and magazines. Most of the media are kept in closed stacks and need to be ordered in advance via the online catalog swisscovery. You will receive a pickup notification.
Our library stocks some media available for home loan, and others that can only be viewed in the reading room. The online catalog swisscovery provides information on the availability of individual items.
Media from Basel courier libraries can be ordered to us free of charge. In addition, media from swisscovery courier libraries outside Basel can be ordered to us for CHF 6 per medium. You will receive a pick-up notification as soon as the media has arrived.
You can return media from the following libraries to us:
For fee-based services from swisscovery (e.g. copy orders, SLSP Courier, postal delivery), invoices are issued monthly by the operator of swisscovery, the Swiss Library Service Platform (SLSP). You can find all the information on invoices for fees at > FAQ BILLING BY SLSP
Yes, you can submit suggestions for new acquisitions to Rainer Baum via e-mail.
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