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Advice and Guidance

Reading Room

© documenta archiv/Anja Köhne

Reading room with 12 workstations

Since January 2018 the documenta archiv has a reading room for all three departments. Records and papers, ephemera and publications can be used in there.

When using the records and papers; and media collection we kindly ask for a written and detailed request prior to your visit via e-mail to aktenarchiv[at]documenta.de or respectively mediensammlung[at]documenta.de

Publications from the collection of the art library can be ordered on location.

Should you not be able to visit the archive in person, we are gladly to arrange help with your research on site.


All users have to comply to the rules of use within our premises.

Legal Basis


There is the possibility to scan publications from our library collection. You will need an USB stick to do so.

Scans of records and papers from our repositories are chargeable and will be made by the documenta archiv on demand. We kindly ask you to fill in and sign an order form. The same applies to requests from the media collection.


Price List

The price list informs you about the current fees of the documenta archiv.


It is possible to borrow material from the documenta archiv for exhibitions. Loans can only be requested by institutions under public law. Unfortunately loans to private individuals are not possible. Please follow the instructions of the general terms and conditions for the loan contract:

General Terms and Conditions for Loan Agreements