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

  • Design for children : play, ride, learn, eat, create, sit, sleep
  • Graphic design for art, fashion, film, architecture, photography, product design and everything in between
  • Don't sleep : the urgent messages of Oliver Munday
  • Art Déco : Grafikdesign aus Paris
  • La moda a la Catalunya del segle XIV : retalls de la vida medieval
  • Las leyes de la interfaz : diseño, ecología, evolución, tecnología
  • Design, think, make, break, repeat : a handbook of methods
  • Design, typography, etc. : a handbook
  • Dear client : this book will teach you how to get what you want from creative people
  • The field guide to supergraphics : graphics in the urban environment
  • Post Otto Wagner : von der Postsparkasse zur Postmoderne = from the Postal Savings Bank to post-modernism
  • Practical color combinations : a resource book with over 2500 sample color schemes
  • Manuel Sayrach : 1886-1937 : arquitectura i modernisme a Barcelona
  • Gràfica cooperativa a Barcelona : iconografia del cooperativisme obrer (1875-1939)
  • El boom de la publicitat : reclams de llauna i cartró : 1890-1950
  • Victor Papanek : the politics of design
  • ¡Moda! : diseño español a través de la fotografía
  • Night fever : designing club culture, 1960-today
  • Domènec : ni aquí ni enlloc = not here, not anywhere
  • Christian Dior : couturier du rêve
  • The visible and the
  • España diseña : 25 ediciones de los Premios Nacionales de Diseño
  • Fifteen of fifty book : future and present visions through design education projects and cutting-edge designers
  • El principio Asia : China, Japón e India y el arte contemporáneo en España (1957-2017)
  • Trading places : practices of public participation in art and design research
  • Decoding design does
  • Design does
  • La cuina de Picasso
  • Giro giro tondo : design for children : Triennale Design Museum 10
  • Christie's : the jewellery archives revealed
  • Martin Margiela : collection femme 1989-2009
  • Grafeno : un material para un cambio de paradigma : demasiado sencillo para proyectarlo de una forma compleja
  • William Morris i companyia : el moviment Arts & Crafts a Gran Bretanya
  • Decoración home staging : "la técnica que consigue vender y alquilar viviendas rápido y al mejor precio"
  • Fab Lab : revolution field manual
  • Sozio-Design : relevante Projekte: entworfen für die Gesellschaft = Socio-Design : relevant projects: designed for society
  • This will be the place : thoughts and photographs about the future of interiors
  • Costume in performance : materiality, culture, and the body
  • Tweed
  • Hats

Ajuntament de Barcelona