The bedrock of the library is Helga de Alvear’s personal library which deals with the subject of contemporary art in general and, more specifically, contains publications related to the works of art and the artists who form part of the Helga de Alvear Collection. It contains bibliographical data, a newspaper and photography archive, monographics, periodicals, audiovisual materials, graphic artworks and special materials such as exhibition invitations, cards, brochures, artist dossiers and much more about art produced in Spain and abroad during the 20th and 21st century. In addition, you will also find books and documentation on transversal theoretical subjects such as museology, museography, conservation, art theory, artistic criticism or exhibitions. Currently, the library holds more than 6,000 titles and more than 9,000 copies.



From 1 October to 31 May: Tuesday - Saturday

10 a.m. - 02 p.m.  // 05 p.m. - 08 p.m.

From 1 June to 30 September: Tuesday - Saturday

10 a.m. - 02 p.m.  // 06 p.m. - 09 p.m.



  • Loan on site
  • Computers: consult our on-line catalogs
  • Audiovisual material display
  • Loan service for researchers
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Bibliographic references and information
  • Periodical files section




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