Werner Schmalenbach Bibliothek, Photo: Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen

The Werner Schmalenbach Library

The publicly accessible library of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen is a research facility specializing in the art of the 20th and 21st centuries. The inventory of 135,000 volumes encompasses monographs, exhibition, inventory, and raisonné catalogues, museum and gallery publications, reference works, professional reviews, and audiovisual media. One focus of the collection is on current exhibition catalogues from both Germany and abroad.

In summer of 2010, the library was named after Werner Schmalenbach, a longtime director of the Kunstsammlung. The library's wide-ranging core inventory can be traced back to his commitment and expertise. The library’s recent expansion and the raising of its acquisitions budget was made possible by Gesellschaft der Freunde (Society of Friends) of the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen.

The Werner Schmalenbach Library is a reference library, and is accessible to users without advanced registration. A large portion of the collection (circa 45,000 titles, acquisitions since 1996) is registered in a data base, and now can be researched through an online catalog.

Online catalog (OPAC)


Opening Hours:

Tuesday through Thursday
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From October 2nd, 2019 on
First wednesday of each month
the library is opened from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
(KPMG Art evening)

Current Information

Extended opening times during KPMG-evenings
Beginning on October 2nd, each first wednesday of the month, the library will be opened until 8 pm.

Cooperation with libraries in Düsseldorf
The Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, as well as other city-libraries and universities, is now part of "Düsseldorfer Bibliotheken", a platform that offers one OPAC for the different institutions. 
OPAC Düsseldorfer Bibliotheken


phone +49 0211.8381-138/137
fax +49 0211.8381-202