Library and archive
Library and archive
Library Joaquim Folch i Torres
The Library has more than 150,000 volumes, a bibliographic and documentary heritage available to all its users. The collection contains art monographs and catalogues, and documents about the history of Catalonia and Spain. Furthermore, it has a collection of magazines of art and humanities with around 4,000 titles, and a section in storage comprising manuscripts, incunabula, works published before 1850 and bibliophile editions. The Library was created to provide support to museum professionals in research and documentation, and at the same time to provide a public service.
- Winter schedule (16 September - 30 June): Monday and Friday, from 9.30 am to 3 pm; from Tuesday to Thursday, from 9.30 am to 6 pm. Closed on Monday and Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
- Summer schedule (1 July - 15 September): from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 3 pm.
Free access for adults. You should identify yourself in the entrance of the Library with an ID document (DNI or passport). Baccalaureate students of art or modules related to art can also access, from 16 years old onwards, provided they justify the consultation.
The collection of the reading room is of free access. The waiting time for consulting the collection in the storeroom can vary between 15 and 30 minutes, from 10 to 18:30 h. All the material consulted from the storeroom must be returned to the library staff. There is no loan service and the books cannot be taken off the premises. If, on leaving, you haven’t completed your consultation, you can leave the documents reserved. The maximum period for the reservation is fifteen calendar days.
The Library has an online catalogue (OPAC) that you can browse.
- Getting here
- Advice for use
- Topic Guides (new!)
- Virtual Exhibitions
- Digital library
- New titles
The archive was created in 1995 with the aim of managing in a standardised way the documentary collection held by the institution. For this reason a system of documentary management was introduced that has been functioning since 1997. See more.