History of the Library

History of the Library


Installed in successive premises and known by various names over its more than one hundred years of history, its origin was that of a small technical library created during the Universal Exposition of 1888.

In 1902, with the Museums Board, a period began that would end in 1906-1907 with its opening to the public in the old Arsenal of the Palau de la Ciutadella and with the creation of a Special Library Commission.

It is worth highlighting the role of Josep Puig i Cadafalch, who organised the collection and adopted the model of the major libraries of contemporary European and American Art, a task subsequently continued by Joaquim Folch i Torres (in Spanish), the first director of the Art Museums of Barcelona.

From 2013, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the death of Joaquim Folch i Torres, the library bears his name.





Joaquim Folch i Torres