Library of the foundation

The foundation’s library offers a valuable, wide-ranging knowledge platform for all aspects of design and related areas. Established in the 1960s, the holding library is a member of the Association of Frankfurt Museum Libraries and makes extensive design knowledge available to the general public – with over 18,000 printed books, films, DVDs, CD-ROMS and around 100 international journals. Thanks to regular additions to its collections, deep-level subject indexing and many genuine rarities in its holdings, e.g. from the 1950s and 1960s, it has developed into a valuable and highly esteemed source of information for specialist audiences and design enthusiasts.

Visitors can obtain assistance with their research at the library; workspaces as well as photocopiers and scanners are available on-site. The public online catalogue already contains 70 percent of the library’s holdings, which for the most part have now been retrospectively indexed. The online cataloguecan be searched free of charge and is publicly accessible on the pages of the German Design Council provided by the Association of Frankfurt Museum Libraries.

Historical photo archive

The library also has a photo archive comprising 42,000 photos, which was operated from 1950 to the end of the 1980s. Access to the photo archive is reserved for academic and non-commercial projects and by prior appointment only.

More about the historical photo archive

For operational reasons, the library is unfortunately not accessible until early summer 2019. For information and advice, we are still available by phone (+49 69 / 74 74 86 - 0) or email.

Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 49
60327 Frankfurt am Main


If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact us.