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With almost 160,000 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 library is open again since Tuesday 9 November, visits are only possible by appointment.

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.

Opening hours

The library is open from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. and by appointment only via bibliotheek@boijmans.nl. 

Visiting address

Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen
Third floor: 

  • Study room I (prints and drawings/library), room A3.01a 
  • Study room II (general collection), room A3.03a 

Museumpark 24
3015 CX Rotterdam


Contact the library via bibliotheek@boijmans.nl. Consult the online catalogue.


The library of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is located on the third floor of Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen. After you have emailed us, you will receive a confirmation of your appointment. Please bring the appointment confirmation with you. Visitors who visit the library without an appointment confirmation will not be admitted. Library material must be requested in advance via the web catalog or via bibliotheek@boijmans.nl. 

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.

Prominent collection of Surrealist publications

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, which distinguishes itself from all Dutch museums with its attention to (international) surrealism, has an extensive surreal collection of 120 artpieces. This is regularly expanded and the collection makes a very large contribution to the international loan position of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. One of the most important areas of special interest in the library is therefore the collection of surrealistic sources and secondary literature. A good example of this is the magazine Minotaure, which appeared in Paris from 1933 to 1939 and for which various artists have made cover designs.

Online catalogue

Online catalogue

Consult the online catalogue.