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Help with your research

Reading Room

© documenta archiv / Foto: 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 the media archive we kindly ask for a written and detailed request prior to your visit via e-mail to:

- aktenarchiv[at]documenta.de respectively
- medienarchiv[at]documenta.de.


Access can be granted to archival holdings, collections, analog photographs as well as audio and video tapes by appointment. A room for groups of up to 25 participants is available if reserved in advance.


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

Information on Image and Publication Rights

Information on image rights

Citation Guidelines

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 Archive:

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.



Exhibition view of "The Vertical Earth Kilometer" by Walter de Maria. documenta 6 (1977)

Copyright: © documenta archiv / Photo: Dieter Schwerdtle

Photographer: Dieter Schwerdtle

Credit: documenta archiv / Photo: Dieter Schwerdtle


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


Records and Papers: Scans of records and papers from our repositories are chargeable and will be made by the documenta archiv on demand.


Media Archive: In compliance with copyright legislation and privacy rights – a large part of the digital image holdings are available in exchange for a fee.


Please send your inquiries regarding image material via e-mail to medienarchiv[at]documenta.de


We kindly ask you to fill in and sign an order form:

Scale of Fees

Since January 1, 2020 the new pricelist is valid.


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:


Binding Request for a Loan

Archival Terminology

Archival Terminology