Weltkulturen Library

The Weltkulturen Museum library, in its wonderful rooms in the riverside villa at Schaumainkai 35, offers an unique place to read and work.

The library offers a wide spectrum of German and foreign-language scholarly works and materials on ethnology, religion, music, art and museology. The holdings reflect the focus of the Weltkulturen Museum’s different departments – Africa, the Americas, Oceania and South East Asia. Carefully selected books and journals also provide a greater insight into the specific topics and themes dealt with in the current exhibitions.

The library’s outstanding features include a collection of publications on contemporary art outside the western world. In addition, the holdings offer a range of key scholarly journals (e.g. Anthropos, Baessler-Archiv, Current Anthropology, Third Text), books for children and young adults, as well as sound and audio recordings.

As a reference library, the holdings are not available on loan, but they can be viewed in the reading room and copied. The library is also open to the general public.

You can browse the entire library collection as well as the other Frankfurt museum libraries in the centralized database of the Association of Frankfurt Museum Libraries.


Our library is open by prior arrangement (by telephone or e-mail).

Please, help us to protect yourself and others from infectious diseases: 

  • Protective masks are mandatory. Please cover mouth and nose. We sell simple protection masks at the counter. 
  • Please keep a security distance of at least 1.5 m from visitors and staff. 
  • Please sneeze and cough in the crook of your arm, wash or disinfect your hands regularly. 
  • People with acute illness must not visit the library. 


Opening hours
Only by appointment.

Further information
Weltkulturen Museum Library
Schaumainkai 35

+49 (0)69 212 34349/45277

Please, ring the bell “Bibliothek” at the entrance!