Barcelona Cultura


The initial documentary collection of the center comprises more than 20,000 books published between the sixteenth century and the present. Around 2,000 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

  • Rei Kawakubo : Comme des Garçons : art of the in-between
  • Viewpoints : ceramics in architecture around Europe : two case studies from community perspectives in Burslem and Cabanyal
  • Oriental silks in medieval Europe
  • Crits a la paret i poemes visuals : Josep Pla-Narbona, cartells 1947-2004
  • Reigning men : fashion in menswear, 1715-2015
  • Sex and suits : the evolution of modern dress
  • Ross Lovegrove : convergence
  • CoDesign for Public Interest Services
  • Futurpiaggio : 6 italian lessons on mobility and modern life
  • The Dictionary of fashion history
  • The Jazz age : american style in the 1920s
  • Architecture fin-de-siècle
  • El Contrato de decoración o de asesoramiento decorativo en el derecho español
  • Red dot design yearbook 2017/2018
  • Red dot design yearbook 2017/2018
  • Red dot design yearbook 2017/2018
  • Red dot design yearbook 2017/2018
  • Margiela : the Hermès years
  • El ABC del lettering : una guía para el dibujo de la letra
  • Indianes : Llibre de mostres de la fàbrica de Josep Anton Fàbregas, Igualada, 1815 : Llibre de colors de Josep Anton Fàbregas, Igualada, 1815
  • ADG Laus Awards : 47th edition of the ADG Laus Graphic Design and Visual Communication Awards
  • Gràfica de les Rambles : the signs of Barcelona
  • Plywood: A Material Story
  • The japanese house : architecture and life after 1945
  • By the people : designing a better America
  • Can you feel it? : effectuating tactility and print in the contemporary
  • Recordar Cirici
  • Fashion + music : fashion creatives shaping pop culture
  • Manuel Pertegaz
  • Buyology : verdades y mentiras de por qué compramos
  • Small data : las pequeñas pistas que nos advierten de las grandes tendencias
  • Design : critical and primary sources. Development, globalization, sustainability
  • Design : critical and primary sources. Social interactions
  • Design : critical and primary sources. Professional practice and design theories
  • Design : critical and primary sources. Design reform, modernism, and modernization
  • The story of the Design Museum
  • Miroir, miroir
  • Zukunft von gestern : visionäre Entwürfe von Future Systems und Archigram = Yesterday's future : visionary designs by Future Systems and Archigram
  • How to read a dress : a guide to changing fashion from the 16th to the 20th century
  • The history of fashion journalism

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