The Folkwang Unviersity of the Arts library has three branches on different campuses. The main library is on Essen- Werden campus. Smaller branches are located in Duisburg and in Bochum at the Folkwang Theatre Centre.

Essen-Werden Campus


The library holds a collection of about 200,000 items, comprising mostly books, music, journals, CDs and DVDs. The largest collection is housed in the new library building on Essen-Werden Campus. You can browse the collection online using the classic online catalogue or the new library search engine KatalogPlus.

Facilities and services
Most items in the library are accessible on the shelves and may be browsed and checked out during opening hours. Some items, however, are for reference only. In some cases, a one-day-loan exception is possible during service hours.

Please see Using the library and the glossary A-Z for more information. Some services on Essen-Werden Campus are only available during service hours.


> Online catalogue
> Work stations with internet access
> Copy machine and printer
> Scanner
> WiFi (eduroam)
> Headphones
> Charger for mobile phones or tablet computers
> Laptops (only available to Folkwang students)
> Self check out machine
> Record player
> VHS player

Only during service hours

Mon-Thu: 9 am - 6 pm, Fri: 9 am - 4 pm (lecture period)
Mon-Fri : 9 am - 4 pm (term break)

  • Register with the library
  • Have library cards renewed or issued
  • Pay fees (cash only)
  • Check out or return items from inter library loan (Fernleihe)
  • Check out materials with special loans (for projects)
  • Reference service, information

During opening hours

  • Check out or return items at the self check out
  • Collect requested items (except inter library loan)
  • Check out CDs and DVDs
  • Browse and use the collection
  • Search the collections using the catalogue
  • Internet access (provided you have a Folkwang account)
  • Use the work stations
  • Copy, scan or print documents
  • Buy used books or music from the sales table
  • Borrow headphonesor phone chargers
  • Borrow a laptop for the day (only Folkwang students)

Duisburg Campus

The library holds 15,000 items, primarily books, journals, music, CDs and DVDs. You can brows the book collection using the online catalogue, the music collection is still being added to the database so you may need to search the card catalogue in the library.

There are 6 computer work stations with internet access available in Room 3.

Bochum Campus - Folkwang Theatre Centre

The library on Bochum Campus is only open to Folkwang members and holds 2,100 items that may be checked out using the self check out machine. The collection can be searched using the online catalogue