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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 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

Citation guidelines and information on image and publication rights

Please refer to the signatures of the documenta archiv in the following manner:

Records and Papers:

Signature: documenta archiv, AA, name of holdings, folder, foliation (if available).


Arnold Bode: Organigram of documenta III, undated, ink and coloured pencil on paper, 20.9 x 29.5 cm, signature: documenta archiv, AA, d04, folder 60, fol. 4.

Media collection:

The citation guidelines/credit line for materials from the media collections are available as part of the order or are given on request by the staff.


Information on image rights


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

Archival Terminology

Archival Terminology