Want to learn about the Stedelijk Museum and its history? Watch documentaries about modern art or design? Or are you looking for information about a particular work of art? You’ll find the answers in the Stedelijk Museum library.

*The library is closed in August and September 2017. For more information:

Opening hours:

Tuesday through Saturday from 12 am to 5 pm. The library is accessible without an entrance ticket.

Location and facilities

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.

Consult online library


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

House rules

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,

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