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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.

Measures related to Corona

From Tuesday 23 June, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s library will reopen in a reduced form in Rotterdam’s City Archives. In connection with coronavirus measures, it is essential to make an appointment via After you have emailed us you, will receive a confirmation of your appointment or a proposed alternative date. Please bring the appointment confirmation with you. Visitors who visit the library without an appointment confirmation will not be admitted. A maximum of two visitors can be admitted at a time. Please request library materials in advance via the web catalogue or via the email address above.

We ask for your understanding for these measures.

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.

Photos: Aad Hoogendoorn.
Photos: Aad Hoogendoorn.

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.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday from 11.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Visiting address

Rotterdam City Archives 
Second floor
Hofdijk 651
3032 CG Rotterdam


Contact the library via Consult the online catalogue.

Online catalogue

Online catalogue

Consult the online catalogue.