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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.

The library in 2019

Until Friday 24 May, the library can be visited in the museum. After this, the library will close for several weeks in preparation for the move to a temporary accommodation. Please note the updates on this website.

Online catalogue

Online catalogue

Consult the online catalogue

Please note:

From 20 November 2017 until the end of 2019, the library collection will be housed offsite. At this moment the library collection is not present at the museum, the reading room is still available. Publications must be requested at least three working days in advance. Publications requested on Thursday of Friday can be consulted from 1.00 p.m. on Tuesday. Publications requested on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday can be consulted from 1.00 p.m. on Thursday. You can request publications via the online catalogue or by sending an email to

Opening hours

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

The library is located in the museum’s entrance area. Contact the library via or (+31) (0)10 4419456.