The museum’s library is located on the third floor of the Palacio de Villahermosa. It is divided into six rooms with 20 study seats. Its main aim is to support research regarding the museum’s permanent collection and the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, as well as the activities developed by the museum itself.

The books we acquire for the library complete the extensive range that was brought over from Lugano, Switzerland. We also continuously update the bibliographies about the artists represented in the collection, prioritising their catalogues.

Ex-libris del Barón Thyssen-Bornemisza

Historical overview

The library was created at the same time the museum opened in 1992. The management team needed this resource to support studies of the collection, to assist in preparing temporary exhibitions and to help training and educational activities organised as part of the museum’s cultural programme.

In 1999 the library received an important selection of 8,500 titles from Villa Favorita, the home of the Thyssen-Bornemisza family in Lugano, Switzerland. This donation was the express wish of Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen. The importance of this donation lies in the fact that these books were acquired to complement the Baron Thyssen’s art collection. The books directly reflect the artistic tastes of the two men who created our magnificent art collection. The library also includes a small selection of publications from Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza’s library.

A project cataloguing the books from Lugano was carried out between 2007 and 2009.