Image used in an ad for the Archives and Art Library, 2017.

The Art Library

The Art Library is one of Scandinavia's largest specialist libraries on art, photography and design. The library is a shared resource for staff and researchers at Nationalmuseum and Moderna Museet and is also open to the public.

The Art Library temporarily closed

The Art Library is temporarily closed to the public until Tuesday 14 April. Only pre-booked visits are accepted. You can still reach the Art Library via e-mail and telephone during regular opening hours. Contact the library for assistance or to book a visit. You will find the Art Library's contact details below.

Nationalmuseum is complying with the Swedish Government’s decisions and the Swedish Public Health Agency’s recommendations with regard to the coronavirus and its spread. Here you will find up-to-date information on what applies to the museum regarding the virus.


Tuesday–Thursday, 13:00–17:00

Temporarily closed

Maunday Thursday, April 9, 2020

Walpurgis Night, Thursday April 30, 2020

June 11–August 17, 2020

December 18, 2020–January 18, 2021

About the Art Library

The Art Library collection reflects the art collections and activities of Nationalmuseum and Moderna Museet and the material primarily covers the period from the Renaissance to the present day. A large part of the library’s collection comprises artist monographs, catalogues of art collections, and auction and exhibition catalogues. The library also has a large collection of press clippings.

Much of the collection is in storage and items are collected from the stocks on request. To make sure items are available when you visit the library, please make your request in advance.
You can also visit the Archives of Nationalmuseum when the library is open.

The Library Catalogue

Search our large collection of books, journals, and catalogues in our library catalogue online.
Go to catalogue.

Treasures from the Archives and Art Library

The art library’s and the archives’ collections of literature, magazines, letters, news clips, records and much more contain many exiting treasures. Check out a small selection.


You are welcome to e-mail us at

Visiting address

Holmamiralens väg 2, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.


Nationalmuseum/Moderna Museet
PO Box 16176

Parcel Post Address

Holmamiralens väg 2