The KABK has a very well-equipped library/multimedia centre, located in a unique central and historical place in the building – the reading room features part of the former sculpture hall.

We have a collection of more than 13,000 materials about art and design ranging from visual arts, architecture, photography, graphic design, architectural design, philosophy, art appreciation, history, to art and cultural history.

In addition to the extensive collection of books, the library has subscriptions to roughly 80 magazines and daily newspapers. The multimedia centre has approximately 500 DVDs. While the library is a great place to study, you can also watch the many DVDs. Students can consult the catalogue online.

Browse the online catalogue

Location & Contact info


Prinsessegracht building, PA.015

Opening hours library

Mon-Wed 8.30-20.00
Thur & Fri 8.30-17.30

070 315 4798


Annemarie van den Berg
Marcel van Bommel
Jolanda van Os

Use of other Libraries

KABK students are also invited to make use of neighbouring libraries, including The Hague Public Library. Students can register for free at the Leiden University Library (with the possibility to transfer books from Leiden and pick them up at the campus in The Hague). A subscription to the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) can be arranged with a student discount.

Students of the Royal Academy of Art receive a 50% discount on their KB membership (€ 7,50 per year). KB membership allows online access to all digital collections and services of the National Library.

More information and subscription form

Membership for the UBL is free for our students. (Staff of the Royal Academy can obtain a library membership for €30,- per year).

To request a LU-Card:

  • Go to the help desk at one of the UBL locations (The Library Learning Centre Campus The Hague at Turfmarkt 99, is the nearest library location to our Academy.)
  • Bring your personal identification (passport, ID-card or Dutch driver’s licence) and proof of your current residential address (e.g a bank statement). Should you (still) qualify for free membership please bring proof of eligibility (print a declaration of your enrolment via Osiris)
  • Log in to the Catalogue with your account
  • Select the location you want your items to be delivered (e.g. Turfmarkt 99, The Hague)
  • Requests for items done before 16.00 can be picked up from the lockers in the LCC after 14:00. Requests made after 16.00 can be picked up after two days from 14:00.
  • Full access to e-journal, e-books and databases is only possible within one of the UBL locations.

Library lectures

The KABK Library has initiated a series of Library lectures, given by guest speakers. The lectures are focused on specific library materials or topics from the rich library collection of the KABK.

After the lecture the materials will be on display in the library.

You can read the summaries of the lectures via the links below: