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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.

Opening hours

The library is open on Mondays and Thursdays 11 a.m tot 4.30 p.m, only on appointment via bibliotheek@boijmans.nl.

Visiting address

Rotterdam City Archives 
Second floor
Hofdijk 651
3032 CG Rotterdam


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

Measures related to Corona

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen’s library is reopened in a reduced form in Rotterdam’s City Archives. In connection with coronavirus measures, it is essential to make an appointment via bibliotheek@boijmans.nl. 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.

Library closed

Due to the move to and the opening of the long-awaited Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the library will be closed from October to 5 November. We look forward to welcoming you in our new library in the depot from 6 November.

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.

Online catalogue

Online catalogue

Consult the online catalogue.