The Bruges Museum Library contains an extensive range of books and magazines that reflects both the city's museum collections and the spirit of the times in which those collections were generated. The library also has comprehensive information about other museum collections and exhibitions around the world. The emphasis is on life and art in (late) medieval Bruges and the Southern Netherlands, although considerable attention is also devoted to museum science in general. The core task of the museum library is to provide informational support relating to the objects in the various collections of the city's museums.

  • Reference library
    Visitors cannot search for books themselves, other than in the reading room. There is an index card catalogue based on lead terms (author or first word of the title), category classification or other key words. There is a guide to using this catalogue available in the library and staff are also on hand to lend assistance. Books can only be consulted in the library. It is possible to copy them but not to borrow them.

  • Additional advice
    If requested, library staff can give advice about similar libraries and institutions in Flanders and Brussels that may have the information a visitor is looking for, if it is not available at the library in Bruges.

The library is located - together with the Flemish Research Centre for Art in the Burgundian Netherlands - in the city centre, close to the central museums.
Address: Garenmarkt 8, 8000 Bruges (entrance via the Sint-Andreas (St. Andrew's) Institute)
Contact: museumbibliotheek@brugge.be | tel. +32 50 44 87 84
Accessible for wheelchair users.