Bucerius Library

The library

The Bucerius Library is a specialised library for art studies in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg that is open to the public. As a central location for the dissemination of information at the museum, the library serves to provide literature both internally for the museum staff and for the interested public. A library was established at the time of the museum's founding, which is continuously maintained and developed and currently comprises a thematically wide-ranging collection of approximately 200,000 volumes. Since its re-installation in 2000 in the Schümann Wing of the MK&G, it has borne the name "Gerd Bucerius Library," which was changed to "Bucerius Library" in 2020 in gratitude for the generous support of the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius.

Collection focus
The library collects specialised literature and exhibition catalogs on all museum topics: European art history from early times to the present with a focus on the applied arts and design, ancient Mediterranean art, the ancient Orient and Islam, East Asian art, book art, graphic arts, photography, fashion, musical instrument studies, etc.

The entire collection is recorded in the electronic catalog as part of the Common Library Network (GBV). In addition, a systematic card catalog is available in the reading room.

The museum library is a reference library open to the public. Access to and use of the library is free of charge; no museum admission fee is required. The book holdings can be consulted in the reading room during opening hours, borrowing outside the museum is not possible. The library does not participate in interlibrary loan.

Read the terms of use (German)


Literature about the library

Gisela Schulz: Zur Geschichte der Museumsbibliothek, in: Jahrbuch des Museums für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, 3, 1984, pp. 313-326. To the catalogue

Alwin Müller-Jerina: Bibliothek des Museums für Kunst und Gewerbe, in: Handbuch der historischen Buchbestände in Deutschland, Bd. 1: Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg, Bremen. Hildesheim 1996, pp. 263-267. To the catalogue

Angela Graf: Neu eröffnet: Die Gerd Bucerius Bibliothek im Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg. Ein Forschungszentrum und bibliophiler Schauraum, in: BuB. Forum für Bibliothek und Information, 53, 2001, pp. 386-390. To the catalogue

Contact Library

T. +49 (0)40 428134-203
F. +49 (0)40 428134-209

Opening Times

Tuesday and Thursday, 12-16 pm


T. +49 (0)40 428134-205
F. +49 (0)40 428134-209