Barcelona Cultura


The initial documentary collection of the center comprises more than 35,000 books published between the sixteenth century and the present. more than 3,000 predate 1950. Its origins are ancient museum libraries of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Ceramics, Textiles and Clothing Museum and the Cabinet of Graphic Arts in Barcelona. Other institutions that have integrated their libraries are BCD (Barcelona Design Centre), ADG-FAD (Association of Art Directors and Graphic Designers of the FAD), the Association for the Study of the furniture, the Association of Advertising and Public Relations of Catalonia and the area of ​​Urban Habitat of the City of Barcelona.

In these origins must be added many donations received throughout these years by professionals, individuals, institutions and companies.

A fact that reveals the uniqueness of this documentary collection and the value it brings to the research community is that 37% of the previous books in the twentieth century were not located in any other heritage library of our territory. Neither in Catalonia nor in the rest of the state. Much of this uniqueness comes from the legacy of excellent books of clothing from the Countess of Vilardaga (1967) and the donation of Mr. Manuel Rocamora.

The most part of the contemporary documentary collection is located in the reading room and is freely accessible. To organize it, the Documentation Centre has developed its own classification system: The IMAG.

The most valuable and ancient documents are situated in a reservoir located within the same building of the Museum of Design. The Documentation Center uses RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) to know exactly how many queries it receives each document. With this information, reference documents are always located in the consulting room, easily available.

The documentary collection is available through the library catalog of the Documentation Centre, and through the following catalogs:

New books

  • Diseño desde Marte : manual de diseño de producto digital
  • Yves Saint Laurent, transparences
  • Principios universales del diseño de interiores : 100 formas de desarrollar ideas innovadoras, mejorar la funcionalidad y diseñar soluciones eficaces
  • Un material per imaginar : innovació i singularitat en les façanes de formigó d'Escofet
  • Dones x disseny x dones
  • Tacones de culto : talento exepcional en el diseño de zapatos
  • Vetro boemo : i grandi maestri = Bohemian glass : the great masters
  • Beyond speculative design : past - present - future
  • Rot : Therese Hilbert : schmuck 1966-2020 = Red : Therese Hilbert : jewelry 1966-2020
  • Barcelona brutalista y tardomoderna : la construcción de un paisaje a escala metropolitana, 1953-1976
  • Womanhaus : historia ilustrada de los artistas de la Bauhaus
  • Conservation concerns in fashion collections : caring for problematic twentieth-century textiles, apparel, and accessories
  • Jens Quistgaard: the sculpting designer
  • QSL? (do you confirm receipt of my transmission?) : a visual language of two-way radio communication
  • The New York Subway map debate : at Cooper Union April 20, 7:30 pm
  • A propósito de nada
  • Decolonizing design : a cultural justice guidebook
  • Hallyu! : the korean wave
  • FURNISH : new methodologies to intervene in public space
  • Jaime Hayon
  • Wheels of light : designs for british light shows 1970-1990
  • Yasmeen Lari : architecture for the future
  • Pepe Gimeno : diálogos arte diseño 1972-2022
  • A world history of women photographers
  • El cartell : art múltiple en la societat urbana
  • Foundations of urban design
  • El diseño es bueno para la salud
  • Per què soc així?
  • La platería en la Colección Mascort : los artífices y sus obras : siglos XIV-XIX
  • Fresh fly fabulous : 50 years of hip hop style
  • Yves Saint Laurent : una vida de leyenda, la creación del atelier de alta costura más relevante de nuestro tiempo
  • La Guerra civil española en cien objetos, imágenes y lugares
  • Hormetan : kartelak Bizkaian = carteles en Bizkaia
  • Re-inventing Piet : Mondrian und die Folgen = Mondrian and the consequences
  • 18 gravats romàntics, poemes romàntics
  • Encuerpar hilos y tejidos
  • Piezas : proyectos, prototipos y maquetas 2019-2022
  • Alexander McQueen: : mind, mythos, muse
  • MBM-2
  • Collecting Spain : coleccionismo de artes decorativas españolas en Gran Bretaña y España

Ajuntament de Barcelona