Taking one’s own position requires a personal kind of research, discovery, and internalization, but also analysis, which is what makes a personal position possible in the first place.“

Manos Tsangaris

The „depot legal“ for contemporary music since 1946 – this is an apt description of the library of the International Music Institute Darmstadt (IMD). The reference collection was established in 1948 in order to bring together as comprehensive a collection as possible of the important works of new music under one roof. Today, it offers scholars, musicians, and journalists a research resource like no other in the world. The collection contains primary and secondary literature, including over 40.000 scores, program booklets, books, anthologies, lexicons, current music and specialist periodicals, and a comprehensive LP and CD collection. The adjacent archive also contains valuable and unique historic documents in sound, text and image.

Library Opening Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 10-12, and by appointment.



Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt (IMD)

Nieder-Ramstädter Str. 190

D-64285 Darmstadt

Claudia Mayer-Haase | T +49 6151 13 3091

Jürgen Krebber | T +49 6151 13 3093

Research inquiries can be conducted via email:

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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 work desks)

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