The German Design Council library is an important tool when it comes to conveying design-related knowledge, and it is open to anyone interested in design.
The fact that the publications and information are catalogued in such depth makes the library a special place where we can provide active support and advice on research. In addition to almost all areas of design, with the focus on international product and industrial design, the selection also includes visual communication, interior design, architecture and art.
The open-stacks library established at the beginning of the 1960s features some 18,000 publications (books, videos, CD ROMs, DVDs etc.). Around 100 international magazines on the above-mentioned topics regularly complement the information available. Thanks to the specialization in the collection areas the library provides an interesting selection on the history of design and present-day developments worldwide. This also includes very rare publications and magazines as from the early 20th century, with a particular focus on the 1950s and 1960s.
The library also has a photo archives comprising 40,000 photos, which was operated from 1960 to the end of the 1970s. Access to the photo archive is reserved for academic and non-commercial projects and by prior appointment only.
Working areas, photocopiers and scanners are available for use by visitors to the library. Some 70 percent of all publications are in the online catalog, including a host of publications, which was catalogued retrospectively.
Using the online catalog for research work is free of charge and freely accessible on the German Design Council Website in cooperation with Frankfurt’s museum libraries.
The library is open to everyone by arrangement by mail or phone (0 69 / 74 74 86 - 0).