library and archive

The Library and Archive at the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin are important international research facilities that are visited by hundreds of scholars every year. The reference library holds more than 32,000 volumes on the specialist subjects of 1920s architecture, art and design. In addition, the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin holds an extensive collection of correspondence, manuscripts and other documents connected with the Bauhaus and makes these materials available to the public. More than 60,000 documentary and art photographs are available in the Photographic Archive.

Please note: The Bauhaus-Archiv / Museum für Gestaltung is currently being renovated and will receive a new museum building to accommodate a steadily rising number of visitors as well as our continuously growing collection. We regret that while construction work is in progress during the next few years, our archive and reference library are closed to visitors. Our archive’s holdings are not accessible at our interim location. Loans from our collection cannot be made until the reopening of our museum and archive. Thank you for your understanding.

So far, a great part of the estate of Walter Gropius can be viewed online in the open archive walter gropius. More will follow soon. Where availabe, our photo service can provide scans of photos from our archive.

Photo Archive

The unique photo archive on Bauhaus history, personalities, workshops and products has become an indispensable resource for research partners and for publishing houses around the world.

Online search

Library and Archive: helpful links for searching online ...

document archive

One of the central tasks of the Bauhaus Archive is the collection of all documents related to the activities, ideas and cultural legacy of the Bauhaus, including letters, manuscripts and printed matter ...


The specialist library at the Bauhaus-Archiv provides literature on the Bauhaus and its milieu and the associated artists, architects and designers ...

Visit us at the temporary bauhaus-archiv!

Our museum and archive at Klingelhöferstrasse are closed due to construction work.