Our extensive archive is used by our staffers but is also open to anyone else with a keen interest in sculpture. Over 50,000 publications provide an overview of sculpture from Rodin to the present.

The library is housed in the orangerie, and provides information about the museum collection as well as sculpture in general and art in public spaces. It contains around 50,000 publications about sculpture, from the time period of Rodin onwards. The library also manages the museum’s archive.

The library primarily provides support for the museum’s activities by sharing information to the museum’s scientific staff and museum guides. It is also open to researchers, students, teachers (accompanied by small groups of students) and anyone who is interested in modern and contemporary sculpture.


Practical information

In times of COVID-19, the library collection can only be consulted by appointment.

Anyone can use the library free of charge.


  • Make an appointment 4 days before your visit.
  • When making an appointment, please provide the titles of all the books and magazines you wish to consult. It is not possible to request additional books/magazines on the day. 
  • Copying is not possible, scanning is subject to conditions and is free of charge. Taking photos/scans with your own camera or smartphone is allowed. If possible, we can scan the necessary articles or images for you so you do not have to visit the Middelheim Museum.
  • Bring your own laptop. The public computer is out of use.
  • Visitors must wear a face mask. This does not apply to children under 12 or to people who cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons.
  • Disinfect your hands before entering.
  • Do not touch books/magazines.
  • The library does not lend publications out.

Measures we are implementing for a safe environment

  • Only one visitor to the reading room at a time.
  • Separate room for staff and visitors.
  • The library staff will wear masks.
  • Consultation material is prepared 72 hours in advance.
  • Consultation material is then stored separately for 72 hours.
  • Furniture and appliances are cleaned after every visitor.
  • The library staff will open the door for you.


Online library catalogue

Check the library catalogue

  • You can use the online catalogue to select various items and store them in a reading list, which you can e-mail directly to the library. Your order will await you at the designated time.