Hours and consultation

Tuesday-Friday: 2pm – 6pm

Special closures on Friday 29.03, Thursday 9.05 and Thursday 1.08

Summer closure: 6.08 to 23.08 2024

Winter closure: 24.12.2024 to 10.01.2025

On-site consultation, on request:

Free access:

  • A selection of books about artists represented in the collection, in connection with current exhibitions or about a museum’s life and activities; periodicals about fine arts.


Bibliothèque du Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts
Place de la Gare 16
1003 Lausanne
+41 21 318 44 50

Art history, artists, museology, the art market, cultural mediation, conservation, private collections…

The MCBA library offers a specialised collection of materials on the visual arts from the 19th century to today. The collection covers painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, video, and new media, with special emphasis on the artists who are part of the museum’s collections, artists from Vaud and the arts in the canton. Some 40,000 items (exhibition and museum catalogues, monographs on artists, specialised periodicals, auction house catalogues) are available for on-site consultation.

The library also conserves the archives of both MCBA and the Association des Amis du musée. It maintains as well the Balthus Archives, which are on long-term loan to the museum, and the library of the Toms Pauli Foundation.


The complete catalogue of the MCBA's library: search here


MCBA Publications

Silvie Defraoui. Le tremblement des certitudes

Laurence Schmidlin (éd.), Silvie Defraoui. Le tremblement des certitudes, with an essay by Laurence Schmidlin and a preface by Juri Steiner, Copublication by Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne and Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich, 2023 (English/French/German), 120 p., 76 ill.

CHF 35.-


Steinlen, l’oeil de la rue

Monograph by Philippe Kaenel, in collaboration with Catherine Lepdor. Milan, 5 Continents Editions, (fr.), 240 pages.

CHF 49.-


Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Temporal Drag

Avec des contributions  de Mathias Danbolt, Diedrich Diederichsen, Elizabeth Freeman, Denis Pernet, Marc Siegel et un entretien des artistes avec Andrea Thal, Hatje Cantz, 2011.


CHF 32.-