With more than 150,000 volumes, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s library is one of the largest art libraries in the Netherlands. All publications in the collection may be consulted upon request.
The collection of books, auction and exhibition catalogues reflects the museum’s own holdings: old master and modern art (paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, installations, etc.), ceramics, glass, silver, design and household objects. The library has a rare collection of original Surrealist publications, such as the magazine 'Minotaure', and secondary literature on Surrealism.
Consulting the collection
The library is not a lending library, but books may be consulted in the library upon request. There is free Wi-Fi and you may bring a laptop. You can consult the library’s online catalogue on one of the museum’s computers.
From 1 November 2017 until 2019, the library collection will be housed offsite. The reading room will remain open, but publications must be requested five days in advance. Publications requested on Friday, Monday or Tuesday can be consulted from 1.00 p.m. on Thursday. Publications requested on Wednesday or Thursday can be consulted from 1.00 p.m. on Tuesday. You can request publications via the online catalogue or by sending an email to email@example.com.