The library's online catalogue (kubikat) includes the collective cataloguing systems of Florence (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut), Munich (Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte) and Rome (Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte). It covers the complete library holdings of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut and facilitates both title searches and, for acquisitions since 1996, subject searches for monographs, essays, reviews and, more recently, electronic publications.
The kubikat-OPAC also lists the titles of all printed and electronic periodicals and journals available in the library, in addition to several thousand auction catalogues. In 2011, the Deutsche Forum für Kunstgeschichte in Paris became a member of the collective cataloguing system and simultaneously, the kubikat was integrated into theBibliotheksverbund Bayern. Therefore kubikat holdings can also be found by means of the Gateway Bayern and the Karlsruher Virtuellen Katalog.
At present, kubikat holds well over 1.7 million bibliographic titles, 900,000 of which are articles from journals, congress publications, commemorative publications or exhibition catalogues, and articles from online periodicals, etc. furthermore it provides the list of current journals, from which articles are catalogued and indexed by subject.
In the context of the development of modern so-called “next-generation catalogues”, the kubikat is participating in the international initiative to set up an art-theory-oriented search environment for resources relevant to the discipline. Based on the catalogue data of the participating art libraries (currently sixty libraries in ten countries on four continents) and with the support of the operative infrastructure and database technology of the WorldCat, the catalogue data will be offered in combination with more than 80,000 bibliographic databases as well as the automatically generated metadata on magazine articles and other resources (e.g. OA repositories) for searches according to the discovery system principle. The Art Discovery Group Catalogue is now in the start-up phase. The systematic increase in the number of participating libraries and the integration of selected resources are presently in preparation. For more information see Art Discovery Group Catalogue