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Welcome to the sites of the Library of the HBK Braunschweig

The library is the center of literature and information services at the Braunschweig University of Art. We offer scientific literature in printed form and access to electronic information. Personal assistance concerning literature and information enquiries is also available to all our users.

The Library gives you access to more than 120,000 items pertaining to all subjects taught at the University; most of them can be borrowed. Collections are particularly strong in modern, contemporary art and design.

Our online catalogue offers records of all monographs, all periodicals and licensed databases.

For further information please ask a librarian:  


Services for students and staff

Pre-ordering media (Books-to-go service)

You can order media via the HBK online catalogue. Click on the catalogue item you want and a link will appear under the shelfmark in the column marked ‘loan status’ (‘Ausleihstatus’). Click on the link. This will take you to a page where you will be asked to enter your library card number (which you can find on your HBK card) and your library account password. Your order will then be confirmed or you will be told if the item is not available.

You can order media up to 23:59 (11:59 p.m.) the previous day for pick-up the next day (e.g., order on Sunday to pick-up on Monday, order on Monday to pick-up on Tuesday etc.). Each library user can order up to 20 items at a time. However, if you do not collect the items the following day, the order will lapse and they will be returned to the shelves.

Semester key texts and other media reserved for use in the reading room can be loaned for a maximum of one week.

Returning loaned media

Media can be returned during library opening hours. Please use this form or write a mail to book an appointment.

All library users must observe the following rules:

• A mask covering mouth and nose must be worn at all times.
• A hand sanitiser station will be available at the entrance. Please sanitise your hands when entering the library.
• A maximum of one person can access the circulation desk at any one time. Markings on the floor will show you where to wait.
• You must present your library card when picking up your media.

If you are having any problems ordering media or should you have any further questions, please contact us at with details.

We are grateful for your support in adhering to these regulations, which are designed to help protect us all during this difficult time. The situation is unprecedented for everyone, including library staff, and we appreciate your understanding and help.

Keep healthy and stay safe!

Dr. Frauke Stiller and the library team


Please observe our hygiene precautions!


E-books held by the HBK library

The HBK library’s e-book collection is updated regularly. It contains most of the current publications from the imprint of Transcript Publishing, but also holds a number of books from De Gruyter, Birkhäuser and Böhlau.

E-books are included in the library catalogue and for those working within the campus network, can be searched for in the online catalogue.
Members of the HBK can also use a VPN (virtual private network) connection to log into the HBK network from their home computer. The connection is encrypted. To set up the VPN, please follow the computing service (ZKI) guidelines, which can be found in their wiki.

E-books held by the HBK library


For changes in opening hours, please see the German library website.

Opening hours

Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 12 a.m. Booking required
Tuesday and Thursday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Booking required

Last amended by Bibliothek on 23.04.2021


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