The library is part of the entrance area of the museum which can be visited free-of-charge from Tuesday to Friday, from 11 am to 4.30 pm.
Material may only be consulted in the library itself. No publications are lent out.
You can find the online catalogue here.
It originally started as a collection of manuals for the academic staff, but in the twentieth century it grew into an all-round library where the emphasis has increasingly shifted to the museum’s own collection. The library documents both the history of the museum and the museum collection. The library of Museum Boijmans van Beuningen has more than 120,000 titles, making it the largest museum art history library in the country. The collection of books, (auction) catalogues and magazines largely runs parallel to that of the museum: old and modern art (paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, installations etc.), ceramics, glass, silver, design and implements. Items in these areas are avidly collected.
One of the most important special areas of interest in the library is the collection of surrealist sources and secondary literature relating to surrealism. A fine example of this is the magazine Minotaure that was published in Paris between 1933 and 1939 and for which various artists designed cover illustrations. The aim of the library - in addition to supporting the museum’s staff - is to provide information to as broad a public as possible about the visual arts in general and the museum collection in particular.