Rijksmuseum Research Library

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Rijksmuseum Research Library
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The Rijksmuseum Research Library
TypeResearch library
ScopeArt history
Established1885 (1885)
LocationMuseumstraat 1
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coordinates52°21′14″N 4°52′49″E / 52.354°N 4.8802°E / 52.354; 4.8802Coordinates: 52°21′14″N 4°52′49″E / 52.354°N 4.8802°E / 52.354; 4.8802
Size400,000 volumes
Access and use
Access requirementsFree membership and identification

The Rijksmuseum Research Library is the largest public art history research library in the Netherlands. The library is part of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The profile of the library collection parallels that of the museum.[1] The online catalogue[2] contains over 400,000 monographs, 3,400 periodicals and 90,000 art sales catalogues.[3] About 50,000 art sales catalogues published before 1989 are not yet entered in the online catalogue. The collection grows, on average, by 10,000 books, auction catalogues, and periodicals every year.[4]


After the renovation which started in 2004, the library transformed into a classical reading room, with information about the collections of the museum. An extensive collection of reference books and journals is available in the reading room.

Since April 14, 2013 the library has been housed in the main Rijksmuseum building, Museumstraat 1, Amsterdam.[5] The library is open Monday to Saturday, 10 AM until 5 PM, closed on Sundays and on public holidays.

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  1. ^ "Verzamelbeleid". Rijksmuseum Research Library. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Advanced search page". Rijksmuseum Research Library. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  3. ^ libraryarchitecture.wikispaces.com: Rijksmuseum research library
  4. ^ "Collection Profile". Rijksmuseum Research Library. Retrieved 8 April 2019.
  5. ^ "In de bibliotheek van het Rijks hoor je rustig te kunnen werken". NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 8 April 2019.

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