The KABK has a well-equipped library, located in the heart of the building.

KABK library
The impressive plaster church portal, which is placed around the library exit, is a striking part of the library’s interior. It is a reminder of the Museum of plaster copies that was housed on that spot in the Academy between 1920-1960.

The library catalogue/collection

The collection includes more than 15,000 books and over 70 magazine subscriptions related to art and design in the broadest sense, both theoretical and more practice-oriented.

The library serves to support all bachelor and master programs of KABK. We strive for a collection that responds to developments in society that are relevant to contemporary art and design practice, research and discourse.

Besides an inspirational source for research, the library is a great place to study, or work on individual projects. Students can consult the catalogue online.

Browse the online catalogue

The well informed librarians are motivated to share their knowledge about the collection, and to advise students in their research.

KABK bibliotheek Foto Ben Maier
KABK bibliotheek - foto: Ben Maier
2021 KABK introdagen So Le 7 library
Projectbespreking in de bibliotheek - foto: Sophie Leyendecker

Location & Contact info

Opening hours

Monday to Wednesday: 8.30-20.00
Thursday & Friday: 8.30-17.30


Prinsessegracht building, PA.015
View on the Floor plan


Annemarie van den Berg
Marcel van Bommel
Jolanda van Os

070 315 4798

Use of other Libraries

The KABK is ideally located in close proximity to, among others, the National Library (KB), RKD - Netherlands Institute for Art History, the public library (Bibliotheek Den Haag) and buildings of Leiden University in The Hague.

For more specialised research or research based on digital databases we recommend to make use of their services. Some institutions offer free subscription or student discounted subscription.

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: