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In its publicly accessible library, the International Music Institute Darmstadt has been collecting scores of contemporary music (approx. 28,500) as well as specialist books (approx. 4,600), encyclopaedias, music journals, program booklets, records and CDs as well as materials on composers and performers of New Music since 1948. Special attention is paid to works that were performed at the Darmstadt Summer Course.
The holdings, some of which are rare, are constantly being expanded and form a unique fund of material for research and musical practice alike.

Library Opening Hours

The IMD library and archive are open to the public by appointment only.
Materials for library loan can be picked up after prior arrangement via telephone or e-mail.

Research inquiries can be submitted via Please do also use our online archive database for research:!


Claudia Mayer-Haase | T +49 6151 13 3091
Jürgen Krebber | T +49 6151 13 3093

Research inquiries can be sent via e-mail:

Using the library

Scores, books, CDs may be checked out during the opening hours at the library (except for the reference collection) and may be used in the library’s reading room with advance notice (10 working desks vailable).

Archive collections may only be accessed with advance notice (reference collection).