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Persons who want to find out more about the Neanderthals, the Romans along the Rhine, or the works of art in our museum are very welcome to visit our library. This is a special scientific library for archaeology and art history. Disposing over more than 180,000 books and around 900 current periodicals, it is one of the largest specialist archaeological libraries in Germany. It was founded nearly 200 years ago by the "Verein von Altertumsfreunden im Rheinland (Society of the Friends of Rhineland Antiquities)", which continues to support our acquisitions even today.


From Archaeology up

to Contemporary Art

Our library collections mirror the research and exhibition work done at the LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn. Above all, we collect books and other media dealing with Roman provincial archaeology, archaeology of the Middle Ages, and art history in the Rhineland from the Middle Ages up to the present day. In addition, we have a great number of exhibition and collection catalogues, literature pertaining to numismatics and epigraphics, museum conception, museum research, and provenance research. Also, our collection of digital media such as CDs and DVDs has been growing constantly. Since 1992, all new acquisitions have been entered into an online-catalogue. Literature acquired prior to 1992 is accessible via a card catalogue, which is presently being transferred to the online catalogue (retro-cataloguing).

Working in the Library

The library is open to the public. Books, periodicals, and other media are to be used in the library and may not be loaned. The reading room has 16 workspaces with laptop ports and a limited number of Internet connections. A copy machine and an overhead scanner may be used for a small fee. The library may be used free of charge and independently of a visit to the museum. Enter by way of the Skulpturenhof (Sculpture Courtyard) between Colmantstrasse and Bachstrasse. Opening hours: Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Books from the library

Save Reading! –

Sponsor Books

New book sponsoring to preserve valuable historical holdings

Again, 24 books in desperate need of restoring have been selected from the valuable holdings of old books at the library. We are now on the search for sponsors whose donations will make their restoration possible. Contact: Susanne Haendschke M.A., Phone: +49 (0) 228 / 2070 – 201, Fax: +49 (0) 228 / 2070 – 299, E-Mail: susanne.haendschke@lvr.de


LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn, Colmantstr. 14-16, 53115 Bonn

Tel. +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 0, Fax +49 (0) 228 / 2070 - 299

Opening Hours Museum

TUE - FRI, SON 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., SAT 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., MON closed

Guided tours for school groups available from 10 a.m.

Opening Hours Library

MON - FRI 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.