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Stocking almost 100,000 volumes, the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts Reference Library for Aesthetics and Art History is among Germany’s largest museum libraries. The library began in 1837 as a result of generous endowments by Leipzig citizens to the local Art Society, which later on formed the basis for establishing the museum. The library complements the museum’s collections and purchases contemporary art literature on the international and regional stages. The inventory focuses on art and art history from the 17th to the 19th centuries. In addition to a rich collection of historical and current artists’ monographs and otherwise barely traceable exhibition and auction catalogues, we find significant source material in aesthetics and art history and also guides through the important European art scenes. Further, the library focuses also on purchasing international portfolio and collection catalogues.

The Library at the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts is a reference library and is open to all. We would be pleased to advise you on how to use the material. If you plan extensive research, please contact us in advance.

Library opening hours: 
Wed 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. or 
Tue and Thu 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on appointment

Phone: +49 341-216 99 932/956