The Van Abbemuseum has a free and accessible library that concentrates on scholarly literature in the field of modern and contemporary visual art. You are welcome to read the periodicals here, to study books or simply scan for ideas. You can gather background information or conduct research undisturbed in the library. The tools at your disposal include an online catalogue, a reading room with computer facilities and a film projection room. You can download the form requests library & archive. Also check out our library brochure.

Library collection

The library has over 130 thousand titles, including books, exhibition and collection catalogues, national and international periodicals, videos, CDs and DVDs. This collection is particularly well endowed with artists books and other publications on Minimal Art, Conceptual Art and Fluxus. Besides publications, it includes invitations, posters and special productions such as multiples and editions. 

Other special resources include the museum’s collection and exhibitions’ archive since 1936. The library strives to keep track of current developments in contemporary art though new acquisitions, gifts and exchanges with other museums. In exceptional cases, collections from external organizations find a place within that of the library.

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday from 11.00 to 17.00. 

The museum library is closed on New Year’s Day, King's Day (27 April), Liberation Day (5 May), Ascension Day and the following Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day. The library is also closed during August. 

Admission to the library is free of charge.

Library exhibitions

The library holds its own exhibitions in the library, that change every two months. These are programmed in collaboration with artists, collectors, publishers and art institutions. The exhibits include works on paper, bibliophilic editions and artists’ books, and are selected from a different perspective every time.

Have a look at the programme overview for our current exhibition

Archive and library catalogue

The exhibition and museum archives form an integral part of the library’s collection. You can consult files for information on the history of the museum, its exhibitions and art collection. 

The exhibition history can be accessed through the library’s online catalogue. The museum archives of the period 1933 till 1989 can be online accessed through the mediabank of the museum. 

House Rules Library

- All publications are available but can not be borrowed. There is an opportunity to copy and / or scan pages, with the exception of sensitive and / or valuable works.
Copies: black A4 € 0.10 per pc, A3 € 0.20 p. st. / Color A4 € 0.25 p. st,. A3 € 0.50 p. st. 
Scanning: € 1.50 per session.

- You can book works by phone or by mail: 
T: +31 (0) 40 238 10 49 or + 31 (0) 40 238 10 28; 
E: rterborg[at] or w.smit[at]

- There are laptop connections. Wifi is available.

- It is not allowed to: eat or drink, bring your coats and bags  (there are lockers at the entrance), make noisy use of a mobile phone.