Art and Visual History

Subject Search

Online catalogue
Please use our Primus Gateway for your systematical subject search in the classification system. For the hits of interrelated titles, click on 'verknüpfte Titel'. Alternatively, you may enter keywords or subject headings. This especially applies to newer titles which can be found more easily this way.

Specialized periodicals
The electronic periodical library will help you find out which art journals are digitized and available in full text at the 'Humboldt-Universität'. You may also find digitized media which are not free of charge and will only see the table of contents or an abstract. Please note the special colour signs for their distinction.

Subject databases
The  Database Infosystem DBIS will help you receive an overview of databases which are available at the 'Humboldt-Universität' and in Germany. Go to the list of subjects or have essay, image or full text databases compiled. Use the access URL to search the databases which interest you.

Supra-regional offers
Libraries which focus on special collections provide comprehensive information, search tools, electronic full texts and much more about the subject:


Ms Andrea Kullik
Subject Librarian

Phone: +49 30 2093 - 99334
Fax: +49 30 2093 - 99311

Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1
10117 Berlin
room 8.532

Ms Anna-Katharina Huth

specialized Library Research Skills Tutorials and Guided Tours

Phone: +49 30 2093 - 99305


Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 1
10117 Berlin
room 9.507

Consultation hours:
Thursdays 14:00 -17:00
at the subject information desk on 3rd floor
of the Jacob-and Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum or on appointment

Postal address:
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

Further contacts at the HU:
Department of Art and Visual History

Regional specialized libraries

Art Library of the Berlin State Museums

Beside general Art History from antiquity to the present, the library collects mainly literature on

  • art of English-speaking countries
  • art of Iberian and Ibero-American countries
  • Scandinavian art
  • 20th century architecture

NB: The holdings of the Art Library are generally not borrowable.

Berlin State Library

The Berlin State Library collects research literature, mainly in the original, on the entire art history. Special emphasis is laid on ecyclopaedias, bibliographies, manuals and catalogues raisonné.

Central and Regional Library

There is a wide choice of art videos and DVD/CD-ROM.

Quality art holdings can be also found at the following libraries:

Universität der Künste - Bibliothek

Bibliothek des Kunsthistorischen Instituts der FU Berlin

Abteilungsbibliothek Architektur und Kunstwissenschaften at the TU Berlin

Subject News

Blogs and communities is one of the central blogs for experts and art-interested persons in German-speaking countries.

News via mailing lists is an established mailing list for conferences, new publications, job offers and miscellaneous.