Monthly Archives: April 2011

Altered books

Altered books contain at once an intrigue and revulsion for me. My librarian sensibilities are conflicted.

Altered books

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Rijksmuseum Research Library, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Rijksmuseum has the largest art history library in the Netherlands. It has maintained a constant, high-standard acquisition policy since 1885 and contains approximately 250,000 volumes. The collection attains an average yearly growth of 3,000 books and approximately 1,500 auction catalogues, periodicals and annual reports.

The Rijksmuseum Research Library also plays an important international role in making Dutch art history available and disseminating it. An example of this is the library’s participation in the Virtual Catalogue for Art History, a gateway tool providing access to the most important art history libraries across Europe and North America.