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

  • Joieria i orfebreria catalanes : 1852-1939
  • Escofet, símbolo industrial de Barcelona : artes, diseño y arquitectura en la creación de valor
  • Els Masó : artistes i col·leccionistes = The Masó family : artists and collectors
  • La aventura creativa : las raíces del diseño
  • Sifting the trash : a history of design criticism
  • De la fregona al Airbus
  • La ciutat neutral : Barcelona 1911-1920
  • Sonia Delaunay : arte, diseño, moda
  • Cosas (y) materiales : la magia de los objetos que nos rodean
  • Infografía : diseño y visualización de la información
  • Make it now! : creative inspiration and the art of getting things done
  • Small-great objects : Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas
  • Barber Osgerby : projects
  • Paula Scher : works
  • Smart : las ideas que convirtieron a Barcelona en una ciudad líder en el mundo
  • The visual history of type
  • Fashionpedia : the visual dictionary of fashion design
  • Ward Bennett
  • Calvin Klein
  • How to see : visual adventures in a world God never made
  • From tapestry to fiber art : the Lausanne Biennials 1962-1995
  • ITEMS : is fashion modern?
  • Statement and counter-statement : notes on experimental jetset
  • Designing Agentive Technology: AI That Works for People
  • En el telar : guía para el tejedor contemporáneo
  • Los grandes secretos del lettering : dibujar letras : desde el boceto hasta el arte final
  • Lettering creativo
  • El arte de llevar una vida creativa
  • Risografía : el nuevo espíritu de la impresión : el arte de las duplicadoras
  • Cómo crear y gestionar tu proyecto craft : guía de negocios para makers y artesanos
  • 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

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