The library of the German Design Council provides access to current information on nearly all areas of design, with a special focus on international product and industrial design. Selections of literature from the fields of visual communication, interior design, architecture and art are also available.
Established in the early 1960s, the library has some 15,000 books, videos, CD-ROMs and DVDs in its stock. The information on offer is further enhanced by the regular issues of approximately 100 international magazines in the abovementioned areas. Due to the library’s specialization in the areas of collection, it provides an interesting selection of volumes on the history of design worldwide. The latter include a number of extremely rare publications and magazines from as early as the beginning of the twentieth century, and especially of the 1950s and 1960s.
The library moreover comprises a photo archive with 40,000 photos collected from 1960 until the late 1970s, primarily illustrations of the serial products of international manufacturers. The photo archive is accessible only for scholarly and non-commercial projects and only by previous arrangement.
Workstations, copy machines and scanners are available for use by the library’s visitors.
How to get there:
U4, trams 16 and 17 to Festhalle/Messe,
S3-S6 to Messe.
Parking available by previous arrangement only.