The ARTIUM Library contains a collection of documents comprising more than 86,000 references, including monographs, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, artist and organisation dossiers, posters and audiovisual material.
Besides being a key element in the documentation work of the different processes taking place in ARTIUM, the Library is also a free service available to everyone, whether they are researchers, students or art enthusiasts interested in any of the multiple facets of contemporary art, from plastic arts and the cinema to music and comics.
The ARTIUM Library is also an especially dynamic unit that, apart from regularly programming activities related to the collections it manages – video and sound art, film, contemporary music, dramatic arts, artists and contemporary art movements – promotes initiatives connecting the worlds of art and books (Literary Art, Reading Club and Bookcrossing) or delving into the secrets of the seventh art (Focusing on Cinema). It also promotes exhibitions focusing on its own collections.
The ARTIUM Library received the SEDIC National Prize for Quality and Innovation in 2006 for all its work.
Monday to Friday: 11am – 2pm / 4pm – 7.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 2pm
Consultation of documents in the reading roomThe Library has 24 reading places, as well as equipment with Internet access to view audiovisual material.
A bibliographical information service available at all times during opening hours, will resolve any doubts that users might have about the Library and its documents collection. Enquiries can also be made by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mails will be responded to as quickly as possible.
Comic and film loanshe Library of ARTIUM gives you the chance to borrow part of the items of its files. This service is to be asked for at the Library. You will be given a form that you have to fill in order to obtain the Library carnet. The items for loan are these: audiovisual items (DVD, video, cd, cd-rom) and comics. All materials required for museum´s activities will not be under loan, nor those in which this is indicated or the rest of the items of the Library´s archives.
Subscription to the service RSS
So much the catalog of the library http://biblioteca. artium. org as DokuArt includes the possibility of subscription to a service RSS. The same one allows him to gain access to information updated about the documents of the library. It can extends this information in the attachment or consulting the web page http://www.rss.nom.es/, where it will find wide information about this format of trade unionism of contents.
Users of the Library of ARTIUM can recommend the acquisition of bibliographical collections (books, magazines, videos, DVD, CD-ROM, etc.) relating to the subjects covered by the Documentation Centre.
If you wish to request new acquisitions, please complete the following form. All applications will be studied carefully and if they are considered to be suitable, the appropriate steps will be taken to procure the requested item.
New acquisitions bulletin
New acquisitions of our centre can be consulted in the following links:
The aim of the inter-library loan service is to exchange and obtain documents between different libraries and documentation centres. Loan requests may be made by library users and other libraries.
Regulations for reproducing the Library´s collections
Users may obtain reproductions of books, documents, periodicals, brochures and graphic materials in the form of photocopies (for this purpose, there are self-service copying machines at the user´s disposal). Authorisation must be obtained in the Reading Room of the Library for the use of cameras.
The following regulations must be taken into consideration when making reproductions:
- The photocopying of documents more than 50 years old or that might run the risk of being damaged due to their special nature (rare or valuable editions, large documents, in poor condition, etc.) is forbidden.
- The Library does not accept responsibility for any use that may be made of reproductions in contravention of the legal rights of the author.
In 2006, the Spanish Society for Scientific Documentation and Information (SEDIC). presented the ARTIUM Library with its award for the best contribution to the quality and innovation of art museum libraries, documentation centres and archives. The prize was awarded by unanimous decision in recognition of the fact that “innovation is a constant in its approach to its work and in the products and services it offers”, among other values. The jury comprised members of the National Library, SEDIC, professors from the universities of Madrid and Valladolid and the directors of museums such as the National Museum of Roman Art and Oteiza Museum in Alzuza.
The jury took into account “the excellent quality of the report presented by the ARTIUM Library and Documentation Centre, in which it set out its objectives and the way it pursues these with enormous clarity, basing itself on a preliminary study of the information needs of the museum itself and the requirements of researchers in contemporary art”. The jury’s decision also emphasised the services offered by the Centre-Museum through its website: “the easy accessibility of its catalogue, combining hard-copy bibliographical records of artworks with electronic documents”, as well as “comprehensive information on artists, including bibliographies, newspaper articles, artworks in ARTIUM and other institutions and links to many of these in its section entitled ‘Guide to contemporary art’”.
The SEDIC prize also attested to the ARTIUM Library’s “work towards the digitisation of posters, comics and its own production of digital material”, as well as the organisation of exhibitions and other activities and workshops. The jury “fully acknowledges that innovation is a constant in its approach to work and in the products and services it offers”.
- Artium's Library and Documentation Center is specialized in contemporary art and culture. Those users interested in these topics will have preference
- Access to Library is free. In order to request objects for loan (comics and audiovisuals) it is necessary to get the reader card, which is free
- Funds located in the storehouse must be previously asked for in order to consult them in the Library
- Internet access in Library's computers is exclusively for consulting bibliographical data bases and other information related to the Library's specialization
- Readers can photocopy and take photos of bibliographical funds, with the limits established by Intelectual Property Laws and depending on the document's state of preservation. It is not allowed to photocopy outside documents
- Readers are responsible for the material they use
- Once used, books must not be put back on the shelves but on the tables or trolleys prepared for that porpouse. Library's staff will return them to the shelves
- It is not allow to introduce food or drinks
- Laptops and mobiles must have audio signal off
- Users must mantain all due respect towards Library's staff, other users, funds and facilities
- It is allowed to photocopy material foreign to the library