City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles.,
Davis, Mike

Perdido Street Station.,
Miéville, China

Kindred, fledgling, collected stories.,
Butler, Octavia E.; Canavan, Gerry; Shawl, Nisi

bekijk in catalogus
Wide Sargasso sea.,
Rhys, Jean; Danticat, Edwidge

bekijk in catalogus
Cyclonopedia : Complicity with anonymous materials.,
Negarestani, Reza

bekijk in catalogus
Caliban and the Witch : Women, the body and primitive accumulation,
Federici, Silvia

bekijk in catalogus
Gravity’s Rainbow. ,
Pynchon, Thomas

bekijk in catalogus
Capitalism in the Web of Life : Ecology and the accumulation of Capital.,
More, Jason W.

bekijk in catalogus
Het is warm in de hivemind.,
Garcia Diaz, Maxime

bekijk in catalogus
Onder asfalt.,
van der Graaff, Maarten

bekijk in catalogus
Alkema, Obe

bekijk in catalogus
Köseoğlu, Çağlar

bekijk in catalogus
het leven van sterren. : een leesboek over geweld,
Vos, Marwin

bekijk in catalogus
Canto general,
Neruda, Pablo

bekijk in catalogus

De Kunstenbibliotheek

Godshuizenlaan 2A
9000 Gent, België



Mo, Tu, We 9:00 – 18:00

Th 9:00 – 21:00

    Fr 9:00 – 16:00


closed on weekends and bank holidays


closed on May 29th  

Summerholidays 10/7 – 15/8


+32 (0)9 243 36 89




Kunstenbibliotheek brings together the collections of KASK (School of Arts – HOGENT), S.M.A.K., Design Museum, STAM, HISK and the Gentse Gidsen under one roof.
Kunstenbibliotheek is managed by KASK & Conservatorium (School of Arts – HOGENT).






Essential Reading is a project that aims to enlarge, diversify and enrich Kunstenbibliotheek’s book collection. Which books are, today, really indispensable for an art library?  Guests of Essential Reading bring together and present in the library the books they consider most valuable in their life and work. 

Essential Reading #29: Dominique De Groen
Essential Reading #28: Kato Six
Essential Reading #27: Elephy
Essential Reading #26 : William J. Simmons
Essential Reading #25 Design Fest Gent
Essential Reading #24: åbäke
Essential Reading #23: Rile Space
Essential Reading #22: Azam Masoumzadeh
Essential Reading #21: Yasmine Ostendorf
Essential Reading #20: Les VoiZines
Essential Reading #19: Jozef Wouters / Decoratelier
Essential Reading #18: Lucy McKenzie (30.11.2020 – 18.02.2021)
Essential Reading #17: Heide Hinrichs (1.10.2020 – 20.11.2020)
Essential Reading #16: Other Women’s Flowers (10.08.2020 – 28.09.2020)
Essential Reading #15: Vincent Van Velsen (18.06.20 – 15.07.20)
Essential Reading #14: Reading Together (05.02.2020 – 23.03.2020)
Essential Reading #13: Sabzian (20.11.2019 – 20.01.2020)
Essential Reading #12: Anna Colin (20.09.19 – 15.11.19)
Essential Reading #11: Laura Nsengiyumva (15.06.19 – 20.09.19)
Essential Reading #10: Topo Copy (28.04.2019 – 05.06.2019)
Essential Reading #9: Atelier Bildraum (27.02.19 – 1.04.2019)
Essential Reading #8: Valérie Mannaerts (5.12.18 – 7.02.19)
Essential Reading #7: Inge Vinck (Architecten De Vylder Vinck Taillieu) (25.10.18 – 26.11.18)
Essential Reading#6: Peggy Totté (6.09.18 – 11.10.18)
Essential Reading #5: Christine Eyene (15.06.18 -20.08.18)
Essential Reading #4: Jolien Deceuninck & Flora Blommaert (24.04.2018 – 28.05.2018)
Essential Reading #3: Nat Muller (8.03.18– 8.04. 2018)
Essential Reading #2: Nathalie Zonnenberg (6.02.18 – 28.02.18)
Essential Reading #1: Eva Barois De Caevel (23.11.17 – 23.01.18)


BOEKS is a platform for showing books on the Bijloke site in Ghent. Every month, for one night, a book, its maker and publisher take center stage. Afterwards, remains stick around on walls, ceilings and floors. Along the way a BOEKS collection comes into being.


BOEKS celebrates printed matter, thick and thin, young and old, unique and serial, legible and illegible. Above all, BOEKS loves and highlights precisely those books that ask for it, because they are good, still unknown or fed up with the stacks or boxes they are confined to. BOEKS collaborates, contextualizes, supports and produces. The platform shows text, visual art and graphic design.


BOEKS is houses in a 15th-century convent corridor connecting the Kunstenbibliotheek with the STAM. BOEKS is an initiative of KASK and the Kunstenbibliotheek.


More info at boeks.gent

Boeks 10 FIVE WORKS Philip Metten
Boeks 9 MMDC3 Angie Keefer & Julie Peeters
Boeks 8 The Misadventures of Plank Communication Center
Boeks 7: 366!
Boeks 6 Post-Comics. Beyond Comics, Illustration and The Graphic Novel
Boeks 5 Astrid Seme, Baroness Elsa’s em dashes
Boeks 4 Maud Gourdon
Boeks 3 Frik, pedant, schoolvos
Boeks 2 Stoppen met lezen
Boeks 1 De Keyser’s Stockings


In 2015 1m3 was initiated as an exhibition space dedicated to artists’ books from Kunstenbibliotheek’s collection. A guest curator is asked to make her/his selection from the library and present it within the vitrines of 1m3. 

1M³: UM…YEAH…IN-BETWEEN SPACE, selected by Hannah Keirsse & Lise Van Acker
1M³ Geert Clarisse: 16.12.2022 – 27.01.2023
1M³: In between: bird chatter, selected by Paul Demets
1M³: Que nos vies aient l’air d’un film parfait door Aurelie Daems (06.05.22 – 29.06.22)
1M³: Visualising the memory of this hand touching something, selected by Valentina Bianchi & Arno Huygens (14.02.2022 – 25.04.2022)
1M³: Books of Lawrence Weiner, selected by Julie Peeters (16.12.2021 – 04.02.2022)
1M³: A Collection of Pages by Marc Nagtzaam (30.09. – 03.12.21)
1M³: 12 Frames by Nathan Ishar & Sofie Frederix (29/1/21-22/4/21)
1M³:Each line is an axis of the world – a selection for post-comics by Sébastien Conard & Ilan Manouach (22.10.20-27.11.20)
1M³: Artistes Libres, Ines Claus (28.09.20 – 18.10.20)
1M³: BiiiiiiiiiiiiiiB, Jacques André (17.02.2020-20.03.2020)
1M³: Incidental Circumstances, Oriol Vilanova (10.01.20 – 13.02.20)
1M³: Axiomes du choix (Hommage aan Olga Morano) selected by Simon Delobel (19.11.19 – 09.01.20)
1M³: Interaction of Color, Maria Boto Ordonez (20.09.19 until 14.11.19)
1M³: 102 Craters on Venus, Sophie Nys (23.05.19 tot 30.06.19)
1M³: Wanting to be a book, Luc Derycke (22.01.19 – 22.04.19)
1M³: Feldman, Horvitz, LeWitt, Prince, Templeton & van der Weijde, Jurgen Maelfeyt (23.11.18 until 10.01.19
1m³: ABSENT WITHOUT LEAVE, Thomas Desmet (24.09.18 — 20.11.18)
1m3: Wabi Sabi Letterpress: Memories of Lost Impressions, Nathalie Cohen (03.05.18 — 01.07.18)
1m³: Vorsatz, Anna Zhironkina (08.02.18 — 06.03.18)
1M³: Y.K.F.B. — Yves Klein Fading Blue, Marta Masiero (14.12.17 to 31.01.18)
1m3: A partial publication retrospective, Stefan Banz (25.10.17 — 28.11.17)
1M³: Cover Stories, Sara De Bondt (28.09.17 to 25.10.17)
1m³: I am forgetful of everything, but seeing you again, Mekhitar Garabedian (09.06.17 — 07.07.17)
1M³: The books by Leonid Miroshnik, Paul Buschmann (09.05.17 — 07.06.17)
1M³: Quadrilateral variations, Gudlaug Mia Eythorsdottir (27.03.17 to 05.05.17)
1M³: The World is a Book is a Word, Daniel Dobbelaere (03.02.17 tot 23.03.17)
1M³: MA Photo Books, Jan Kempenaers (21.12.16 tot 27.01.16)
1M³: Nieves, Gerard Herman (Groepsdruk) (11.11.16 tot 16.12.16)
1M³: Lubok Verlag, Katia Ballegeer (21.09.16 to 04.11.16)
1M³: Welcome to Imschoot Uitgevers! by Joris Dockx (03.06.16 to 01.07/16)
1M³: Ki-Kokekwa by Henri Jacobs (29.04.16 to 27.05.16)
1M³: De Enschedese School, Kasper Andreasen (03.03.16 tot 18.04.16)

Reading Guide

Research can be a maze many struggle to make sense of. With our little selection on specific topics, the Kunstenbibliotheek is trying to help you find your way through our vast collection. Since we constantly are making an effort to give space to & focus on marginalized topics, these lists will be regularly updated. We are still learning. Our little labyrinth logo on the book’s spine will help you find the suggested books in the shelves. Enjoy! 

Reading Guide feminism
Reading Guide Black Identity
Reading Guide LGBTQ+
Reading Guide climate action
Reading Guide Decolonization
Reading Guide Geopolitics
Leeswijzer kunstenaarsboeken

Kunstwerken tussen de rekken


Mathias Prenen, #BALUSTER#CarmenMiranda, 2015

Sculptuur met eik, den, linde, beuk, notelaar en MDF


Chris Hoeben, Werk voor de Kunstenbibliotheek, 2022

Sculptuur met zwart-wit kopieën van boeken uit de collectie, keramiek, ijzerdraad, epoxy


Valgerður Sigurðardóttir, Bed & Bookshelf, 2018

Sculptuur met cement en geglazuurde keramiek


Rik Vonckx, RIK VONCKX 2022, 2022-2023

Kunstenaarsboek met bijhorende sokkel, uniek exemplaar


Rik Vonckx, OPERA, OPERA, 2022

Kunstenaarsboek met bijhorende sokkel, uniek exemplaar


Rein Dufait, Structuur Schelp (klein), 2020

Sculptuur met betonijzer, cement, schelpen


Rein Dufait, Van de bomen, de vormen en de kleuren, 2019-2020

Reeks kunstenaarsboeken, unieke oplage van 30 exemplaren


Kunstenbibliotheek closely follows up the artscene and weekly presents new aquisitions. Next to general collection development, Kunstenbibliotheek focusses on the following themes:


• The city of Ghent, books on artists, designers, architects or writers born or living in Ghent.

• Publications linked to the activities of Kunstenbibliotheek’s different partners (KASK, Design museum Gent, HISK, SMAK, STAM, Gentse Gidsen). Kunstenbibliotheek’s collection wants to become an accurate reflection of the activities of collaborators, staff, guests, alumni or students)

• Positions from the so-called geographical and/or intellectual periphery: publications on art and art theory from Asia, Middle East, Africa, South America with a special attention for decolonization theory, gender and LGBTQ studies.

• In the past three years a first catch-up movement was made in collecting publications about and from female artists and/or authors or curators. Kunstenbibliotheek continues this policy in the year to come.

Acquisitions June 2023 (selection)
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Acquisitions December 2021 (selection)
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Acquisitions October 2020 (Selection)
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Artists’ books

The artists’ books collection comprises different types of artist’s publications, limited editions, book objects, and other multiples. The collection is devoted to historical as well as contemporary bookworks. A large part of the historical collection comprises books of the 20th century avantgarde movements and minimal art, whereas the contemporary section has a specialized focus on artist’s self-publishing of the recent years.


In addition to the self-published works by artists, the collection carries works by specialised publishers such as Lubok, Motto Books, MER Paper Kunsthalle, Art Paper Editions, Roma Publications, and Imschoot Uitgevers, etc. The collection can be consulted via the online catalogue and the image bank. The publications themselves are available on request by making an appointment.


A selection of the book presentations can be found at:

Artist’s books 2023
Artist’s Books 2022
Artists’ Books November 2021
Artists’ Books September 2021


The current volumes of the magazine subscriptions are available in the art library but are not lent out. Articles from previous years can be requested by e-mail. 


Visual Arts

HART    •   Metropolis M      kM   •   Kunstschrift   •   L’ART MEME    •   Artforum   •   Frieze   •   Kunstletters   •    Adbusters   •   Connaissance des arts   •   Mousse   •  De Witte Raaf   •  Zaal Z  •    SIKA    •    Aperture    


Architecture and landscapearchitecture

BETON  •  Bouwen met baksteen   G+L  •   Contact     Arch Index    M&L •  ZKG     tijdschrift publieke ruimte      topos      anthos      ruimte      blauwe kamer     JoLA  •  BAUM   Groencontact   Stadt + Grün    •   Architekten krant  •  Tuin en Landschap   •  Ruimte & Maatschappij   •  De Vlaamse Tuinaannemer   •  CG Concept    •   domus   •   pi     •    md    •   META    •  ak   •   Ruimte   •   Publieke Ruimte   • 


Performing arts en Audiovisual arts

American Cinematographer   •   Theatermaker   •   Foam   •  FILM    •    Tubelight  •  Theaterkrant Magazine     Spelen



Eye  •  INTERNI  •  Idea  •  DAMN   View    •  Harvard Design Magazine  •  Print   •   TxP   •   FRAME

Magazines 2023
Magazines: Visual arts 2022
Magazines 2021

Karel Geirlandt Collection

The Karel Geirlandt Collection is named after the first chairman of the Association for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (now SMAK). The collection was started when the Association was founded and grew with the museum. It forms a closed whole and contains books on art from 1945 to 2003 with a specialisation in conceptual and minimal art in Europe and the United States, and the artworks and artists collected by SMAK. This collection can only be consulted in the library. 

Collection Karel Geirlandt (selection)


The databases can be consulted via the HOGENT-network, and can be consulted at home via Academic Software (only for students and teachers of HOGENT).

Art & Architecture Source

AAS covers a broad range of related subjects, from fine, decorative and commercial art, to various areas of architecture and architectural design. Providing images, full-text journals and books, it is designed for use by a diverse audience, including art scholars, artists, designers, students and general researchers.

Art Full Text

AFL includes indexing and summaries of 388 active journals. 265 of these have been peer-reviewed. In addition, it provides indexing of 14,000 dissertations and 229,000 art reproductions.

Arts Premium Collection

APM encompasses cross-searchable databases with thousands of journal titles, ensuring deep searches of extensive collections in specialist subject areas not covered in more general databases. Subject areas include art, design, architecture, humanities, film/screen studies, music, performing arts, and more.


Artstor is an extensive and representative visual resource of images for teaching and research in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

  • JSTOR (temporary access until June 2023)

    JSTOR is a digital library with (academic) articles, journals, books, images and primary sources.



Google Scholar

Artistic Archive

The Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) was founded by painter Ph. K. Marissal in 1751. KASK’s archive dates from 1770 and was supplemented until the middle of the 20th century. It consists of an arts archive and an administrative archive. 

The arts archive consists mainly of academic drawings, architecture and visual arts, as well as sculptures, paintings and posters. The academic drawings contain examples of the different drawing methods that were taught, more specifically drawing according to prints, plaster or living models. 


The collection includes drawings by artists from the Latem group, such as Gust De Smet, Léon De Smet, Albert Servaes and architectural drawings by former students such as Alphons Groothaert, Victor Horta, Geo Henderick, Gaston Eysselinck, paintings awarded the J.Pipyn prize by H.Malfait, J.Burssens, Steve Schepens, Steven Balen and others. 


The art archive can be consulted via the catalogue and the image bank http://bib.hogent.be and can be viewed by appointment. 

Collection Artistic Archive


In the summer of 2018 Kunstenbibliotheek started its Zine collection to preserve recent & independent creations. This unique collection is constantly growing and we invite artists and writers to send us their self-published printed works.

Zine Collection (selection)