The Fundació Antoni Tàpies Library opened on June 1990. It is housed in one of the representative buildings of Catalan Modernista architecture, the former Montaner y Simón publishing house (1879), designed by the architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner. The Library covers modern and contemporary art.
It contains an extensive and unique archive of materials on the work of Antoni Tàpies: monographs, exhibition catalogues, opening invitations, press clippings and other materials. The collections include books on painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture, design, decorative arts, performance, music, photography, cinema and video. It also has sections on the art and cultures of the Orient, Africa and Oceania.
The nucleus of the collection, some 5,000 volumes, was donated by the artist Antoni Tàpies.
The Library’s holdings include over 50.000 volumes (books and exhibition catalogues), 550 journals and an audiovisual collection with more than 800 titles and the number increases by an average of 2.000 items per year. Bibliographies and documentary dossiers on the exhibitions held at the Fundació are also available.
The books are on open access, though there is a reserve section for special materials.