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

  • German design 1949-1989 : two countries, one history
  • The alchemy of us : how humans and matter transformed one another
  • L'atracció del blanc, la seducció de la fibra : un diàleg dels artistes de l'A-FAD entre processos artesanals i l’art contemporani
  • Murano : Farbe Licht Feuer = colour light fire
  • Laques : regards croisés
  • Home stories : 100 years, 20 visionary interiors
  • America Sanchez a Barcelona
  • Fashion and class
  • The business of beauty : gender and the body in modern London
  • How to read a suit : a guide to changing men's fashion from the 17th to the 20th century
  • María Jubón Rayado : la tradición desvelada : indumentaria tradicional de Alcublas
  • About time : fashion & duration
  • Diseño y franquismo : dificultades y paradojas de la modernización en Espanya
  • Chapeaux Dior! : de Christian Dior à Stephen Jones
  • Arne Jacobsen : designing Denmark
  • Gabrielle Chanel : manifeste de mode
  • Serial eater : food design stories
  • Luxes
  • ADI book 2020
  • Velvets of the fifteenth century
  • Otl Aicher : arquitectura y paisaje : Braun, Rotis, Metro Bilbao
  • Decòrum : vestir la casa per a l'ocasió
  • Die Frauen der Wiener Werkstätte = Women Artists of the Wiener Werkstätte
  • El llibre català en temps del Modernisme
  • L'Eixample de Barcelona : (micro) urbanisme, (micro) arquitectura, construcció i intervenció (o, la petita escala) (1850-1950)
  • Sillipedia : 101 historias de sillas
  • Moda y creatividad : la conquista del estilo en la era moderna, 1789-1929
  • Medellín, medio siglo de moda : 1900-1950
  • When jewellery becomes a metaphor : Ramon Puig Cuyàs : 30 years of contemporary jewellery = Quan la joia es fa metàfora = Cuando la joya se hace metáfora
  • Camp : notes on fashion
  • Mondo Mendini : the world of Alessandro Mendini
  • Marche et démarche : une histoire de la chaussure
  • ¿Qué es el diseño?
  • In a cloud, in a wall, in a chair : six modernists in Mexico at midcentury
  • Otto Prutscher : Allgestalter der Wiener Moderne = Universal designer of Viennese modernism
  • Univers Papanek
  • Designing the night : graphic design of Belgian Club Culture 1970-2000
  • The atlas of furniture design
  • Objects of desire : surrealism and design 1924-today
  • Sentir, ressentir : parfumeurs, odeurs et émotions

Ajuntament de Barcelona