Low table with armchairs in front of bookshelf and library counter in a bright room.

The Art Library. Photo: Åsa Lundén/Moderna Museet

Welcome to the Art Library

The Art Library is the joint library for Moderna Museet and the Nationalmuseum and is one of the largest Nordic specialised libraries for art, photography and design.

Pre-booking your visit to the library is not necessary. Still, if you wish to view specific materials it is good to get in touch a few days in advance, as a large part of the library’s collections are stored in remote warehouses.

Materials from the remote warehouses are collected on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Materials from local storage are picked up Tuesdays-Thursdays at 13:30 and 15:30. Pre-ordered material is placed at the library’s information desk for pickup. We do not allow home loans.

The books reflect the collections and activities of Moderna Museet and the Nationalmuseum, and cover the period from the renaissance to today. A large part consists of monographs on artists and photographers, along with auction and exhibition catalogues. The art library is open to everyone who is interested in art, including researchers, museum staff and the general public.

The library catalogue

Search our large collection of books, journals, and catalogues in our library catalogue online.

Art Library catalogue –1983

Photography library card catalogue –1983

Fotografiska föreningens bibliotek

When visiting the library, you have access to the following resources:

Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon (AKL)
Oxford Art Online

Nationalmuseum Library 1984
Nationalmuseum Library 1984 Photo: Hans Thorwid/Nationalmuseum

Published 19 October 2015 · Updated 1 March 2024