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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 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.

Relocating the library

Because of the renovation and renewal of the museum's building, from Tuesday 2 July the library can be visited at Rotterdam City Archives (visiting address: Hofdijk 651). On the second floor of the City Archives, a separate reading room has been set up for the museum's library. The library's opening times remain the same: from Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Contact the library via Consult the online catalogue.

Online catalogue

Online catalogue

Consult the online catalogue.