The library of the Cologne City Museum is a reference library accessible tot he public with a collection of around 50,000 printed items. This is an opportunity for everyone to obtain comprehensive information about the history of Cologne and its surrounding Rhineland.



In addition to books about Cologne's history and the history of the Rhineland, the collection includes extensive stocks of scientific journals and exhibition catalogues, as well as general works about cultural, economic and social history.

A particular focus is the collection of antique books (around 1,300 works), beginning with works from the early phase of printing, books from the 15th century. The collection offers impressive historical sources about subjects such as medicine, theology, music and history until the year 1900.

The collection of illustrated descriptions of journeys along and on the Rhine river, starting from the 18th and going through until the end of the19th centuries is also noteworthy.



Since the introduction of the digital catalogue in 2019 updates of the collection list are continuously added. All the stocks, which have not yet been incorporated, can be found in two card catalogues in the library.
catalogue link


Opening hours

The library of the Cologne City Museum is open to the public, but the reading of the books or articles can only be done in the reading room.

Visits to the library should be arranged by phone 0221 / 221-23729 (Vanessa Schmitz) or by email to

Literature and research requests can also be asked by phone or email before the visit.

Klicken Sie mit der rechten Maustaste hier, um die Bilder herunterzuladen
Treasures from our library: Koelhoffsche Chronik, dated 1499 (Foto: N. Hausmann)  
Klicken Sie mit der rechten Maustaste hier, um die Bilder herunterzuladen
Treasures of our library: „Compositions et dessins de Viollet-le-Duc“, 1884 (Foto: N. Hausmann)  

Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

Zeughausstraße 1–3
50667 Köln
Tel.: 0221/221-22398
Fax: 0221/221-24154


Opening times

Tuesday: 10am – 8pm
Wednesday to Sunday: 10am – 5pm
Public holidays: 10am – 5pm
KölnTag: 10am – 10pm