The Folkwang University of the Arts Library has branches in four locations. The main library is located on Campus Essen-Werden in a building that was opened in 2012. One branch is located on Campus Duisburg on the first floor of the building in Düsseldorfer Straße, another at the Folkwang Theatre Centre on Campus Bochum. A reading room located in Quartier Nord (Zollverein) was opened in 2021. See Visiting the library for more information on each branch.

Developing and opening the new Folkwang Library

The new Folkwang Library was opened on the 19th of September 2012 on the Essen-Werden campus of the Folkwang University of the Arts with notable individuals from the arts, academia and politics in attendance. Folkwang students and staff now have access to 200,000 library items housed in a beautiful building made possible by a generous donation by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung.

The collections of the former Musicology department at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the collection of books on music education of the University of Duisburg-Essen have been added to the Folkwang collection which now forms one of the largest collections on music literature in Germany.

The architectural design was developed by Max Dudler Architects Berlin and built under the direction of the Bau- und Liegenschaftsbetrieb (BLB) NRW.

The cost for the endeavour amounted to a total of 7.4 million euros and was financed by the donation of 2,450,000 euros by the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach-Stiftung and the state of Nordrhein-Westfahlen (4,950,000 euros).

> Press release 2012

Awards for the Folkwang Library

Vorbildliche Bauten NRW 2015

Landes-Architekturpreis "Vorbildliche Bauten NRW 2015"


The state's architecture prize Vorbildliche Bauten NRW 2015 (exceptional buildings) was awarded to the new library on 23rd of November, 2015. The prize is awarded every five years by NRW-Bauministerium and the Architektenkammer Nordrhein-Westfalen. More information on the award:


> Max Dudler Architects, Berlin: Awards

Architekturpreis 2015 der Stadt Essen

The Architekturpreis 2015 der Stadt Essen (architecture prize) was awarded by the city on the 24th of November, 2015. With this prize the city of Essen aims to direct attention to modern, contemporary quality architecture that influences and shapes the overall impression and atmosphere of this city. Eligible for this prize were projects that were finished between 2010 and 2015.

More information on the award:


> City of Essen: Architecture award 2015


> Max Dudler Architects, Berlin: Awards

Anniversary on September 19th, 2022

Opening ceremony on September 19th, 2012


Construction of the Folkwang Library in one minute

Webcam images between June 24th, 2010 and July 18th, 2012

The construction site in pictures

Initial design by Max Dudler Architects, Berlin

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