Library and Documentation

buitenkant bibliotheek

Visiting address

Museumplein 4 (adjacent to the Van Gogh Museum)

Postal address
PO Box 75366
1070 AJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

T +31 (0)20 570 59 78

Opening hours library & documentation

Monday-Friday: 10 am to 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm to 5 pm

The reading room is closed on:

  • New Year's day (1 January)
  • Easter Monday
  • Public holidays (27 April and 5 May)
  • Ascension Day
  • Pentecost
  • Christmas (25 and 26 December)


The extensive collection of books, magazines and documentation is available for study only in the library, where you also have access to a photocopier. The staff will be happy to see you. If you have any questions, feel free to send an e-mail or give us a call.

Access to the collection

The museum library has housed part of its collection in an external depot and access to these materials is therefore limited or impossible.  The list below provides an indication of the availability of materials in our external depot. You should bear in mind that it takes between one and two weeks to supply them. 
Other materials are immediately available, provided they are not being used by museum staff. If you want to know for sure that a book is available for study in the library, you should send an e-mail to the library in advance of your visit. You will be sent an answer as quickly as possible.

Books and journals in external depot
The books and journals from the collections listed below have been housed in the external depot:

  • Library Arti et Amicitiae (1 A 1 - 50 D 9)
  • Tralbaut Collection (T 1 - 2309)
  • V.W. van Gogh Collection (BVW 1 - 375)
  • Collection of literature read by Van Gogh (BVG 12000 - 12999)
  • Paris Salon Catalogues

Large books, audiovisual materials, the journals and other volumes from Sotheby’s and Christie’s are not available. If you have any questions, please contact a member of the library staff or send an e-mail to the library (

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