About the Library

The library focuses on art, art theory and culture-related subjects, but also has sections such as literature and philosophy. In addition, the library manages a special collection of artists' books.

The entire collection of some 45,000 titles, dating from 1528 to the present day, includes books, exhibition catalogues, monographs, periodicals and audio-visual material.

Along with magazines and a reading area, the library is host to the ‘Reading Room’, which offers space for presentations and meetings such as book presentations and lectures.


For over 150 years residents, advisors and the Rijksakademie team have been using our library and they have all played a decisive role in building up the collection. The result is an artist's library, which in the course of the last half century has developed an increasingly global perspective.

The library is also open to the public. We welcome visitors to do research, read, study or view visual material.

Opening hours:
Tue–Wed–Thu, 10:00–17:00

The library is closed from 25 December until 5 January 2024.


The Rijksakademie’s art collection gives an overview of art education and artistic practice through the previous three centuries.

A large part of this collection consists of work by former students, professors, directors and residents. It is regularly used by artists and researchers and is open to visitors by appointment. In the online catalogue you can find descriptions and images of the holdings present in our collection.