A specialized library

Opening hours

Tuesday-Friday: 2pm – 6pm

Closed: From 24 December 2020 to 3 January 2021


Bibliothèque du Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts
Place de la Gare 16
1003 Lausanne
+41 21 316 34 56

Covid measures

Visit the MCBA in complete safety

All the hygiene and distance instructions applied within the MCBA are respected.
Wearing a mask is obligatory when moving around the library.

Art history, artist’s monographs, exhibition catalogues, museology, the art market, cultural outreach, conservation, and private collections...

The MCBA library offers a specialized collection in the field of the plastic arts from the 19th century to the present day: painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, video and new media, with a particular focus on the artists in the museum’s collections, on Vaud artists and on the arts in the canton of Vaud.
Some 40,000 works (exhibition catalogues, museum catalogues, artists’ monographs, specialist periodicals, auction catalogues) can be consulted on site only.

The library also holds the archives of the MCBA and the archives of the Association of Friends of the Museum. It also houses the Balthus Archives.

On-site consultation

On request:

References from the collection / Archives
Requests at least 48 hours in advance: bibliotheque.mcba@vd.ch

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.



Catalogue du réseau vaudois des bibliothèques –
For the complete catalogue of the MCBA’s library: search here


  • Catalogue du Réseau des bibliothèques de Suisse occidentale: explore.rero.ch
    (RERO: Genève, Vaud, Valais, Fribourg, Neuchâtel)
  • SIKART Dictionnaire sur l’art suisse: sikart.ch
  • Art Discovery Group Catalogue, research gateway to art literature: artdiscovery.net
    An access the ressources of many art libraries in Europe and worldwide
  • Catalogues de la Bibliothèque nationale suisse: nb.admin.ch/snl/fr/home/collections/collections-bibliotheque.html
  • Swissbib Métacatalogue de la Bibliothèque nationale suisse, des bibliothèques universitaires et des hautes écoles spécialisées de Suisse: swissbib.ch