The art library distributes the content in three large groups: monographs, periodical publications and special collections. The catalogue is the tool with which you can consult all this background.


General history, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, lexical books, directories and repertories, of reference. Museum and exhibition catalogues, and monographs of artists with centenary editions. Specialised bibliography in congress events, theory, reviews and history of art, first editions of artistic manifestos and a collection of auction catalogues.

Periodical publications

Magazines, newsletters, annuals and annual reports of organisations, directories and bibliographic repertories and magazines of artists, in paper support. Old micro-filmed magazines and digital magazines in CD-Rom and online. It is worth highlighting the collection of modernist, noucentista and artistic avant-garde magazines, with unique titles within the framework of the public collections of the country. Currently 410 magazine titles are offered to the public of magazines in circulation.

Access to magazines in circulation

List of magazines in circulationList of e-magazines in circulation



Special collection

  • Reserves:

Manuscripts, incunabula, works published until 1900, bindings and bibliophile editions. Original artists’ manuscripts and art theorists from the 19th and 20th centuries and numerous autographs by various personalities. Incunabula such as the Nuremburg Chronicle of 1493, and a history of the Roman Empire by Flavi Biondo, of 1484. Bindings, and books with bindings that go from the 15th century to 19th century. Modernist, noucentista and avant-garde magazines.

  • Press archive:

15,000 press packs with press news and information related to art and the history of Barcelona, from the beginning of the 20th century until 1 September 2007. The Library doesn’t have a public database of this collection that would allow you to make a consultation prior to the request.

  • Small exhibition catalogues:

Small catalogues, visiting cards and invitations to exhibitions held in Barcelona, Catalonia, the rest of Spain and abroad. Approximately 40,000 packs, a documentary collection of interest for artistic research of the country throughout the 20th century. The section stopped being updated systematically on 1 September 2008. The Library doesn’t have a public database of this collection that would allow you to make a consultation prior to the request.

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