Institute of Art History


Welcome to the Library of the Institute of Art History


Opening Hours and Borrowing

The Institute of Art History has a reference library that is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00-20:00.
The library staff is on duty during the lecture period from Monday to Thursday from 9:00-12:00 and from 13:00-15:00 and on Friday from 10:00-12:30 and from 13:00-15:00. On Fridays, books can be borrowed over the weekend. (Return: Monday until 12:00).
During the lecture-free period, the library supervisor is on duty on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00-13:00. During these times, up to five books can be borrowed for one week.

The Institute relies on the books being returned on time so that they can be used again on the next working day at the latest. Books from the semester collection are excluded from lending.
The lending and return of art history books takes place at the reference desk in the Art History Institute, desk in the corridor.
Late return: If the loan period is exceeded, the library management reserves the right to take further steps (e.g. exclusion from the loan). Overdue fines may be charged.


User Regulations

See the framework usage regulations for the University of Tübingen’s library system (in German language)
By entering the premises of the Institute's library the rules of use are accepted.


Copying (Room 118)

It is only possible to copy from books to a limited extent.

Digitization service

Small text scan requests are sent by email to the library supervisor ( and must include details of the author, title, page references and shelfmark. They are usually processed within two working days. The files will then be sent by email or via a download link as a PDF.
For digital copies of images, please contact the local Digitization Department (r. 101).

Focus Areas of the Library

Stock of Literature


OPAC for the Library at the Institute of Art History - here you can research all new books. The older books in stock are continually being added to this catalogue. Currently 90% of the library's stock is included in OPAC and can be researched. The older books of the following classification groups still need to be added: YA, YP (auction catalogues), ...f (titles in the folio section).

The following card catalogues are still valid for the older books in the classification groups listed above:

In the Institute’s hallway, there are two computers that can be used for OPAC research work.

Orientation in the Library

You can find more information about the structure, holdings and how to use the library from:

Library tours take place at the beginning of each semester as part of tutorials. New students are strongly encouraged to participate. Dates are announced at the beginning of each semester.