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

  • Laws of UX : using psychology to design better products & services
  • Things fall together : a guide to the new materials revolution
  • Fashioning the modern Middle East : gender, body, and nation
  • A cultural history of Western fashion : from haute couture to virtual couture
  • Dance & costumes : a history of dressing movement
  • Inspiring Walt Disney : the animation of French decorative arts
  • Patrick Kelly : runway of love
  • Africa fashion
  • Fashion, dress, and post-postmodernism
  • Making a spectacle : a fashionable history of glasses
  • Fashion, identity, image
  • Fashioning Spanish cinema : costume, identity, and stardom
  • El llibre de les criatures fantàstiques : ADG Laus 2022 : 52a edició
  • ADI book 2022
  • Plastic : remaking our world
  • 8. Europäische Quilt-Triennale 2021
  • Women's work : from feminine arts to feminist art
  • Guo Pei : couture fantasy
  • Conserving active matter
  • Dressing the resistance : the visual language of protest through history
  • Fashioning masculinities : the art of menswear
  • Miguel Milá : a life in design
  • The woodbook : the complete plates : the american woods
  • Anni & Josef Albers : equal and unequal
  • Mid-century modern : visionary furniture design from Vienna
  • The architecture of health : hospital design and the construction of dignity
  • Maison Lesage : haute couture embroidery
  • Leer entre imágenes
  • Diseño tipográfico : la tipografí­a más allá de la forma
  • Tattoo : art sota la pell
  • Design for social innovation : case studies from around the world
  • Cara a cara con el diseño : por el progreso del diseño gráfico y de la sociedad
  • Football : designing the beautiful game
  • 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

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