For the Marina Abramović exhibition, a surcharge applies. See, also for exceptions.


Tuesday – Thursday, 11 am – 4 pm

Do you want to consult the books in the library? This is how you can make an appointment:

  • Please access the catalogue before booking a visit
  • Let us know which materials you want to consult and book your appointment by sending an email to:

Thank you and we hope to see you soon!

Opening hours

By appointment: Tuesday - Thursday from 11 am - 4 pm
Library catalogue


The library of the Stedelijk is located on level -1, below the entrance hall. You can find the stairs to the library on the right of the entrance hall.

About the Stedelijk Library

The Stedelijk Museum library owns one of the largest collections of publications on the areas of modern and contemporary art, design, photography, time based art, installations and art theory. You can enter the library free of charge. The Stedelijk library is one of the best kept secrets for anyone looking for a quiet place to read or study.

Reading room library Stedelijk Museum


You can contact the library staff with all your questions during your planned visit or in advance via During your visit, the requested works will generally be available within fifteen minutes.

No material can be borrowed, but there is the opportunity for copying (and limited scanning). There is free wifi and connections for laptops. You can reserve requested books for a longer period of time.

There are computers in the reading room for consulting the catalog and for accessing the online archive of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (until 1980).


The museum’s archive can be consulted on request. The historical archive up to 1980 is only available in digital form in the Stedelijk Museum library. However, from 1 January 2013 you’ll be able to consult the paper archive up to 1980 at the Amsterdam City Archives (Vijzelstraat 32, Amsterdam).

Audio-visual material
The library collection contains thousands of documentary films, videos and DVDs. You can watch these in the reading room.


The substantial collection of artists’ books is listed in the online library catalogue. The books are kept in an external repository and can be seen there by appointment.


  • No material may be taken from the library but there are photocopying and scanning facilities, which you can use to make copies (with the exception of fragile and/or valuable works).
  • Photocopying costs: black and white €0.10 per page and color €0.20 per page.
  • Eating and/or drinking is not allowed in the reading room. Only a bottle of water is allowed.
  • Telephone calls should be made outside the reading room.
  • Make sure that other visitors can work in peace.