Fassade der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek Frankfurt

The library of the DFF is located in the German National Library in Frankfurt. DFF’s library holds more than 80,000 publications on the history and theory of film, genres and motifs, film industry and technology, as well as film novels and published screenplays. The collection also contains so-called grey literature: publications that have not appeared in bookshops, such as materials for film festivals, exhibition catalogues or theses. Unique is our historical collection of
film books and film brochures since 1897 as well as on the prehistory of film.

The DFF library is a refernce library, therefore books and other materials are available for on-site research only.

To plan your research, please get in touch with us in advance.

Our staff will be happy to assist you!


DFF Library
Jens Kaufmann
Phone: +49 (0)69 961 220 430


DFF Service Desk
Tuesday to Friday 10.00 – 18.00

German National Library
Readings Rooms, Service Desk
Monday to Friday: 9:00 – 22:00
Saturday: 10:00 – 18:00

Online Research

Address and Directions

Bibliothek und Textarchiv des DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum
c/o Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Adickesallee 1
60322 Frankfurt am Main

Public Transport
Metro: U5 / Bus Line 32 (Stop Deutsche Nationalbibliothek)

Further Information
Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

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The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek’s terms of service also apply to the DFF library and text archive. A valid ID or passport is required to sign-up for a library card. The library card is valid for both, the DFF library as well as the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

Annual pass: 42 Euro
Monthly pass: 18 Euro
Day pass: 6 Euro