Barcelona Cultura


The initial documentary collection of the center comprises more than 30,000 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

  • Las alumnas de la Bauhaus : artes, oficios y revolución : las mujeres que marcaron la diferencia
  • El diseño a través del cine : una aproximación cinetnográfica a la práctica y el discurso del diseño de producto
  • Vivir del diseño : instrucciones para gestionar tu negocio creativo (si quieres)
  • Tipologías marcarias : parámetros clasificatorios de logotipos, símbolos y fondos gráficos
  • Marca gráfica corporativa, institucional y de lugar
  • Mercurio gráfico : intérprete y mensajero de los demás : profesión, aprendizaje y práctica del diseño gráfico : teoría i crítica
  • Cultural affairs : Kunst ohne Grenzen = art without borders
  • 99 reflexiones sobre el diseño editorial
  • Anatomía del cómic : originales famosos del arte narrativo
  • El Maresme yeyé : la postal turística 1960's-1980's
  • L'art del vitrall
  • Preserving identity : 11th Forum for the Conservation and Technology of Historic Stained Glass
  • The concept and fabrication of stained Ggass from the Middle Ages to Art Nouveau : 30th International Colloquium Corpus Vitrearum
  • Patented : 1,000 design patents
  • Eco-cities: new healthy architecture
  • Bauhaus
  • Andreu Vilasís : trajectòria
  • The choices we make
  • La moda justa : una invitación a vestir con ética
  • Loewe Foundation : Loewe art collection at Casa Loewe Barcelona
  • Roads not taken for OFFF 2022
  • Viaje a través de la moda : diseñadores, iconos y estilos de los siglos XX y XXI
  • Vademécum de métodos de diseño
  • Historia de la moda en España : de la mantilla al bikini
  • Memorias de la moda : una vida entre creación e industria
  • Azul e ouro : esmaltes em Portugal da época medieval à época moderna
  • Enric Tormo : la invisibilitat del dau
  • Transgressions : ceràmica contemporània : nova col·lecció del Museu del Disseny de Barcelona
  • The 2022 type trends lookbook : the new normal
  • Arquitectura biodigital y genética. escritos II
  • Franz Josef Altenburg : Ton und Form = clay and form
  • Vienna Biennale for Change 2021 : Planet love
  • Àlbum RGM : Ricard Giralt Miracle a través del seu arxiu
  • Power! Light!
  • New Material Award 2009-2018
  • Francesc Vidal : l'aposta per les indústries d'art a Barcelona (1878-1914)
  • Gaudí : exposition
  • Antoni Gaudí
  • Gaudí
  • En Madrid : una historia de la moda, 1940-1970

Ajuntament de Barcelona