News — 3 May 2012

The Stedelijk Museum has an extensive library devoted to modern art (170,000 tapes and 1400 journals, 210 of which are current), which is a valued resource for students, researchers and curators. Although the Stedelijk Museum will not reopen until September 23, 2012, the library is already in use again, to a limited extent.

Researchers can direct their requests to staff by emailing indicating the type of material they require (books, archival material), the subject matter and the reason for their inquiry; a telephone number must also be included. There are a number of options based on various criteria (urgency of the research, type of research, uniqueness of the material, etc.):

  1. Referral to other specialist libraries which also hold the requested material
  2. The provision of copies or scans of the requested material if it is exclusive to the library of the Stedelijk Museum
  3. If material is available for consultation, the researcher will be invited to view it in the reading room of the Van Gogh Museum where the required literature will be present (in the villa behind the Van Gogh Museum, address: Museumplein 4)

Unfortunately, we cannot honor every request while the library is being relocated, for which the library asks for your understanding.

After the Stedelijk Museum reopens, the library looks forward to resuming full service in the renovated library that will have the capacity to accommodate over 30 research places.

We regret to inform you that the on-line catalogue of the Library of the Stedelijk Museum is not available until the new website of the museum will be launched. We would like to ask you to mail your questions regarding the library collection to: