Modern & contemporary art library

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time we have closed all of our Galleries. During this time we're not taking bookings for individual appointments or group visits.

Location: Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two)
Open by appointment: Closed
Contact: [email protected]

The Modern & Contemporary Art Library is based at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) and consists of around 50,000 items, including monographs, catalogues raisonnés, exhibition catalogues, periodicals, auction sales catalogues, audio-visual material, and ephemera. The library resources relate broadly to modern and contemporary art (mid 19th century to present day) and specifically to the Gallery of Modern Art collections.

The library’s great strengths are Dada and Surrealism, early twentieth century artists and contemporary Scottish art. Artists’ books and special books are held in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Archive and Special Collections and can be searched for using the Archive catalogue.

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Book a visit

First-time visitors will be asked to show some form of ID such as a passport or driver's licence. There is wheelchair access to the library via a lift. 

Groups of up to fifteen are welcome to visit the library. Group visits should be pre-booked at least four weeks in advance.

+44 (0)131624 6407

[email protected]