From Tuesday to Friday, a limited number of workspaces are available in the reading room of the library of the Van Abbemuseum for art historical research that cannot be done at home.
The library is open from 11 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4 pm (break 1 pm to 2 pm), only by appointment with time slot. Before your visit, you will receive an extra email with a definitive confirmation of your registration.
Note: if you also want to visit the museum you must order a separate e-ticket. A combination ticket is unfortunately not possible.
Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 5 pm. (time slots 11-13 and / or 14-16)
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.
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 40 238 1049 or +31 40 238 1028
E: rterborg[at]vanabbemuseum.nl or w.smit[at]vanabbemuseum.nl
- There are laptop connections. Wifi is free. There are also two kiosk PC's available.
- It is not allowed to: eat or drink, bring your coats and bags (there are lockers at the entrance) or make noisy use of a mobile phone.