Library / Mediathek

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Foto: Emmi Heckel

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Foto: Emmi Heckel

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Welcome to the Library and Media Library of the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg.


It´s a library for art studies, providing subject-specific literature and enabling a theoretical examination of historical and contemporary discourses in art. It contains around 29,500 publications and obtains current issues of around 30 specialist journals. The collection focuses on modern and contemporary art as well as photography and art theory; in addition, art historical works offer insights into the historical development of art. In addition, the library provides extensive old collections. The book collection is constantly expanded and adapted to the content of the courses offered.

Since October 2022, the library has been a member of the Working Group of Art and Museum Libraries (AKMB). In 2023, the library also joined the German Library Association (dbv). In addition, it was awarded 1st place in the "Libraries" category on in 2007.

The media library contains a collection of works of video art for research and teaching. The collection provides an overview of the central positions and issues in video art from its beginnings in the early 1960s to the present and is constantly being expanded to include current works. It has over 800 works. Approximately 240 feature films complement the collection.

Here you can find the flyer of the Library and Media Library.



The library and media library are open to all university members. For external visitors, please make an appointment in advance.

Please be considerate of each other and keep quiet. Bringing your own mobile devices is of course permitted.

Coats, jackets, bags and similar items may not be taken to the workstations and must be left in the library room at the entrance or in the lockers. Smoking and the consumption of food is not permitted; lockable beverage containers may be taken to the workstations by arrangement.

The library rooms are accessible without barriers.

The university accepts no liability for valuables brought into the library.

Click here for detailed usage regulations.

Click here for data protection regulations.



The current room plan can be downloaded here.



University memebers are allowed to borrow items. Returns are only possible during opening hours or by individual arrangement. Book loans for external users are currently not possible.

Interlibrary loans are not available. Please use the digital service (see below).


Journal subscriptions

The library offers a range of journal subscriptions:

Afterall, Arch+, Art, Art, Aurea, ArtForum, Camera Austria, Cargo Film, Eikon, Euro Photo, Eye, Frieze, Greif, Grey Room, Kritische Berichte, Kunst+Unterricht, Kunstforum, Künstler, Mac+I, Marzee, Monopol, October, Photonews, Sculpture, Slanted, Spike, System Magazine, Texte zur Kunst, Third Text


Literature and media research

on Site:

The library's holdings can be searched via a card catalog, more recent works via a library database on site. The holdings of the media library can be accessed on another computer.

Currently, retrocataloging and the integration of a new library system is being planned, so that in the future all holdings can be viewed from home via a publicly accessible online catalog (OPAC).



  • Institut für Moderne Kunst Nürnberg
  • Bibliothek des Germanischen Nationalmuseum Nürnberg
  • Stadtbibliothek Nürnberg
  • Universitätsbibliothek Erlangen-Nürnberg


On the Internet (self-registration):

Datenbanken Infosystem (DBIS)
The database infosystem is a service that lists scientific databases. The currently approx. 13,000 descriptions of databases are continuously updated and expanded cooperatively by more than 300 libraries, mainly from the German-speaking countries.


Internet Archives is a nonprofit library that contains millions of free books, movies, software, music, and websites.


Karlsruher Virtuelle Katalog (KVK)
The Karlsruher Virtuelle Katalog (KVK) is a meta-search engine for finding several hundred million media in library and bookstore catalogs worldwide. In addition to the classic KVK, there are other catalogs based on KVK technology.


Gateway Bayern (Datenbank des BibliotheksVerbundBayern)
The Gateway Bayern is the web portal of the BibliotheksVerbundBayern (BVB) and since 2007 also of the Kooperativer Bibliotheksverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV). Currently, more than 150 libraries participate in the network. The Gateway Bayern lists more than 23 million titles and over 55 million titles from more than 23,000 journals.


DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books)
DOAB is a community-driven search service that indexes and makes accessible peer-reviewed open access scholarly books and helps users find trusted open access book publishers. All DOAB services are free of charge and all data is freely available.


Google Books
On Google Books, you can read, download, cite, and translate books and journals. Some books are provided by publishers, while others have been scanned as part of the library program.


EZB (Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek)
Die Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek is one of the most comprehensive, free-access bibliographic databases on scientific electronic journals.


ZDB (Zeitschriftendatenbank)

The ZDB points the way to journals, newspapers, series, databases and websites in German and Austrian libraries. It is created in cooperation with more than 4,000 libraries.


JSTOR is a New York City-based non-profit organization. It operates a fee-based online archive of the same name as a digital library of selected journals and scholarly books, as well as source collections.


KUBIKAT (Kunsthistorische Bibliotheksdatenbank)
kubikat is the joint library catalog of the German university-independent art history research institutes Kunsthistorisches Institut Florenz, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte München, Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte Paris and Bibliotheca Hertziana (MPI) Rome.


ADGC (Art Discovery Group Catalogue)
The ADGC provides an art-focused research experience within the OCLC WorldCat environment. Researchers can search this specialized subset of Worldcat data to refine a vast trove of art history literature held in an ever-growing number of the world's best art libraries.


RDK (Reallexikon zur Deutschen Kunstgeschichte)
The Reallexikon zur Deutschen Kunstgeschichte (RDK) is a reference work arranged in alphabetical order in paper and in digital form (online).


Bildindex der Kunst & Architektur (Bildarchiv Foto Marburg)
The web portal Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur makes images and scientific indexing information on buildings and works of art in Europe accessible. The image index includes 2 million images on art and architecture in 13 European countries.


The distributed digital image archive for research and education is a web-based image collection with over 2 million image files on art and archaeology. It is primarily intended for scholars and students of cultural history, especially art history and classical archaeology.


Fachportal (Fachinformationsdienst Kunst) aims to provide a comprehensive record of art historical publications. Special attention is paid to the essay literature.


Semester apparatus

For all university seminars, semester holdings may be set up by the instructors in which literature is compiled that thematically addresses the content of the courses. This collection is exempt from loan during the semester.

It is also possible for students to set up handbooks in the library as part of their exam preparation.

Please contact us with your literature list.


Acquisition suggestions / book request

If a medium relevant to the university is not yet in the library's collection, it can be suggested for acquisition. All members of the AdBK can contact our team for this purpose.


Events / consultation hours

If required, the library offers individual tours and training (research and writing advice). These usually take place on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. Alternative appointments can be arranged. Please contact us in a timely manner for details.

The library and media library are presented every two years as part of Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften.



The library and media library offer the following technical equipment:

  • Library research computer (with library catalog)
  • 2x research computer media library
  • Computer with DIN A4 scanner
  • Bookeye 5 V2 scanner
  • Copier with scanning function
  • WLAN access



Our team (Luisa Angermann, Elena Horlau, Theresa Koller and Sven Kupfer) will be happy to assist you with questions regarding the use of the library and media library. Furthermore, we advise you regarding the stock and catalogs as well as content-related topics.

Öffnungszeiten Vorlesungszeit / vorlesungsfreie Zeit:
Montag – Donnerstag: 9 – 12 Uhr und 13 – 16 Uhr
Freitag: 9 – 14 Uhr
Geschlossen an Samstagen, Sonntagen und Feiertagen.
Bitte beachten Sie, dass sich die Öffnungszeiten kurzfristig ändern können. Aktuelle Änderungen werden rechtzeitig per E-Mail, auf der Homepage sowie am Bibliothekseingang bekannt gegeben.

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central facilities

Grafik: Lorena Thunn 

The AdBK Nürnberg verfügt - in addition to the artistic classes and the workshops - various facilities that accompany and support the teaching activities. They ensure a smooth organizational flow at the university, and o they complement the teaching offered at the content level.


The Akademie Galerie Nürnbergat the main market, the Ausstellungshalle on campus, and Die Vitrine are presentation platforms for the realization of student exhibition concepts. Students are given the opportunity to present their work to the public.

The Bibliothek and Mediathek are the institutionalized knowledge repositories of the AdBK Nuremberg with a stock of over 28,000 publications and more than 800 video works.


LEONARDO – Zentrum für Kreativität und Innovation is a cooperative project between the Academy of Fine Arts Nuremberg, the Nuremberg University of Technology and the Nuremberg University of Music, which promotes interdisciplinary exchange and joint work. The university program Kunst – Transfer – Praxis  addresses students and alumni of the AdBK Nuremberg as a cross-disciplinary and cross-class platform to provide support in the area of professionalization.


The Wissensportal supports teachers at the six Bavarian art colleges in the conception and implementation of digitally supported teaching formats.


The Studierendensekretariat is responsible for formal matters in the area of study, while the International Office supports students in planning and implementing stays abroad.
Studierendenwerk provides for social and physical well-being on campus

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Artistic Classes

first cycle and postgraduate programmes

Art Education

Subject Art for secondary schools

Live Art Forms

Performative Practices Master's Program


equipment, techniques, programs

Study Grant Programs

Scholarships, sponsorships and awards

University calendar

range of couses at the AdBK Nürnberg

International Office

Erasmus+, PROMOS and Stibet Programs

Courses and guidance

range of courses and course guidance services

Application and Acceptance Process

How to apply at the AdBK Nürnberg

Deadlines for application

Apply until April 15th 2025, 12:00 noon


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Commitees and representatives

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central facilities

University administration


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Mission Statement of the AdBK Nuremberg



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Opening hours


Opening Hours:

lecture period: Monday till Friday, 7.30 a.m.-7 p.m. / Saturday  9 a.m.-1 p.m.

lecture break: Monday till Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. / Friday, 8 a.m.- 2.30 p.m.


Opening Hours:

Monday till Thursday, 8-12 a.m. and 1-5 p.m. / Friday, 8-12 a.m. and 1-2.30 p.m.


Opening Hours:

Monday till Friday, 8-12 a.m.

Fridays by phone only

Examination Office/ International Office

Opening Hours:

Monday till Thursday, 9-12 a.m. and 2-3 p.m.

Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.


Opening Hours:

lecture period/ lecture break:
Monday till Thursday: 9–12 a.m. and 1–4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m.– 2 p.m.
closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.
Please note that the opening hours may change at short notice. Current changes will be announced in time by e-mail, on the homepage and at the library entrance.


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