At the moment, the Stedelijk Museum library is only open by appointment. If you want to make an appointment, please send an email to 

You can find more info on our FAQ overview. We will be updating this page regularly.

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.

Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday: 12:00 to 17:00.
Online library


A large reading room in the museum’s new wing offers space to dozens of visitors. The library is accessible without an entrance ticket.

Reading room library Stedelijk Museum


A large reading room in the museum’s new wing offers space to dozens of visitors. You can ask the library staff about books and request books and archive material. You’ll generally have the material you asked for within 15 minutes. The room also contains a large number of catalogues and overviews of the works of the most significant artists and art movements, as well as the most recent issues of key art magazines and information about current exhibitions at the museum.

You can consult the library catalogue using the online catalogue in the reading room. The museum’s entire art collection can also be searched on computer in the reading room. Network connections for laptops and Wi-Fi are available in the reading room.


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.

Artists’ books
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. You can make an appointment by sending an email to


For use of the library a ticket for the museum is not needed, during the opening hours of the library you can go there directly.

  • 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.
  • You can reserve material for a later date or make requests in advance by e-mail or telephone.

The following is not permitted in the reading room:

  • Eating or drinking 
  • Coats and bags (there are lockers on the ground floor for coats and bags)
  • The use of mobile phones.