The IVAM’s Library Josep Renau

The IVAM’s library specialises in modern art and serves the purpose of providing all IVAM activities with documentary support as well as contributing to the spreading of modern art by putting at the disposal of scholars and researchers both its facilities and its collection. It is a free access service.

The Collection contains about 54.000 documents, placed into two spaces, the store and the Reading Room, with 26 seats available for users.

Tuesday 10:00h to 15:00h and 16:00h to 19:00h
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00h to 15:00h

Special opening from May 15th until October 15th 2024:

From Tuesday to Friday de 10:00h. a 15:00 h.

August closed.

96 317 66 61

How to access:
For the IVAM Personal Access Entry (side door).
The Library is located on the 2nd floor

Deposit background query:
It is recommended to contact previously via mail:


The Library of IVAM offers users a number of services, among which includes the consultation room of over 12,000 volumes, access to the internet from the computers of the reading room or the possibility of taking home the documents available for loan, with the requirement to have your Library card.


The Library is open for the purpose of study and research in modern and contemporary art. It contains approximately 12,000 open access items. Multimedia material is also accessible. Means of reproduction are offered to users.

Rare books and archives are accessible after demand.

Online access to computerized catalog of the Library.

PC usage and Internet policy

The IT Facilities are made available for you to use principally for the purpose of your research or studies. You are allowed to make occasional personal use of the IT Facilities only if such use does not disrupt or interfere with normal operation of the Library, or disturb staff or other Library visitors.

The Library is Wi-Fi hotspot allowing customers’ free Internet access via a Wi-Fi enabled laptop or PDA.

Loan and In-Advance Service

Borrowing from the Library is restricted to registered members of the Library.

Details of borrowing rules and forms are available on internet.

Materials in stock may be reserved and retrieved in advance. Staff will inform the reader when the items are available via email or telephone. The reader should make use of them within two days.

Libraries requesting the loan or a copy of holdings belonging to IVAM Library may write to

Duplication Service

We provide a scanner self-service facility for the users to get copies of documents of the Library. Copyright law must be observed when copying of Library material and in all copying carried out in the Library, whether by reprographic or any other means. The copy of rare or fragile contents is under the discretion of the staff.

Scanners and cameras may only be taken into the Library with the authorisation of the librarians, pursuant to the limits of the Intellectual Property Law.

The Library will generally allow reproductions of materials in its collections for research use. When reproduction was for other purposes, users should ask to the Library for permission Instructions for ordering and information on fees will be provided. It is up to the user to obtain the permission for copywrited works.

Bibliographic Information Service

The Bibliographic Information Service responds to all types of enquiries, both from its in-house and remote users Staff guides users to learn the resources the IVAM Library has available, so that they can take full advantage of them.

Group visits

Educational centers and professional groups that are interested in getting to know the center and the services offered better may request a group visit by writing

Exhibitions and activities in the Library

The IVAM Library and Documentation Center develops an exhibition and activity program focused on promoting and disseminating the bibliographic and documentary collections that make up our collection.

Since October 2015, the Library has had an Exhibition Hall, which has been set up to house exhibitions around books, printed works and archival documents, within the context of modern and contemporary artistic creation, and taking as its core core the Library’s documentary collection

Consult exhibitions