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Library

The library of the HFBK is a combined reference and lending library. The reading room is open to all during the stated opening hours; however, only members of the HFBK are allowed to borrow books.

Subjects especially well represented in the collection are: 20th and 21st century art, with an emphasis on the present day, specifically on monographs on the work of international artists and designers. In the area of theory, publications that create connections between theoretical knowledge and practical artistic work or demonstrate interdisciplinary interactions are best represented.

Please find the online HFBK catalogue here and our new acquisitions here.


The State Library provides an emergency service that enables students, teachers and staff* of all Hamburg universities to access their electronic resources remotely. For further information: www.sub.uni-hamburg.de/service/faq-covid-19.html

HFBK Library

Lerchenfeld 2
Room 217/218
22081 Hamburg

opening times

Mon-Thu: 10 am - 8 pm

Fri: 10 am - 6 pm


The reading room of the library is currently closed. However, the library is accessible for lending operations, i.e. borrowing and returning media.

Hygiene Concept

Hygiene Concept HFBK Library

Loans / Extensions

Library Usage

HFBK Library A–Z

Information on Copyright

Annual Exhibition 2021 at the HFBK

Annual exhibition a bit different: students at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts, together with their professors, have developed a variety of presentations on different communication channels. The formats range from streamed live performances to video programs, radio broadcasts, a telephone hotline, online conferences, and a web store for editions. In addition, isolated interventions can be discovered in the outdoor space of the HFBK and in the city.

Public Information Day 2021

How do I become an art student? How does the application process work? Can I also study to become a teacher at the HFBK? These and other questions about studying art were answered by professors, students and staff at the HFBK during the Public Information Day on February 13, 2021. In addition, there will be an appointment specifically for English-speaking prospective students on February 23 at 2 pm.

Semestereröffnung und Hiscox-Preisverleihung 2020

On the evening of November 4, the HFBK celebrated the opening of the academic year 2020/21 as well as the awarding of the Hiscox Art Prize in a livestream - offline with enough distance and yet together online.

Art defies Corona: Graduate Show 2020

With a two-month delay, the Graduate Show took place this year on the 19 and 20 September. More than 140 students showed their artistic graduation projects, from painting to sound installation.

Teaching Art Online at the HFBK

How the university brings together its artistic interdisciplinary study structure with digital formats and their possibilities.

HFBK Graduate Survey

Studying art - and what comes next? The clichéd images stand their ground: Those who have studied art either become taxi drivers, work in a bar or marry rich. But only very few people could really live from art – especially in times of global crises. The HFBK Hamburg wanted to know more about this and commissioned the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Hamburg to conduct a broad-based survey of its graduates from the last 15 years.

How political is Social Design?

Social Design, as its own claim is often formulated, wants to address social grievances and ideally change them. Therefore, it sees itself as critical of society – and at the same time optimizes the existing. So what is the political dimension of Social Design – is it a motor for change or does it contribute to stabilizing and normalizing existing injustices?