Books and Magazines
The Documentation Center of the Museu del Disseny is dedicated to the greater ares in the world of design: product, fashion, information and interior design.
The initial bibliographic reserves of the Documentation Center contains over 9,000 published documents dating from the 16th century to the present day. And 1,600 of those dating from before 1950. The reserve originated in the old libraries of the Museus Tèxtil i d'Indumentària de Barcelona and the Museu d'Arts Decoratives de Barcelona, the Gabinet de les Arts Gràfiques de Barcelona and the BCD (Barcelona Center de Disseny).
These sources have received numerous donations over the years by professionals, individuals, institutions and businesses.
Particularly noteworthy for their uniqueness and excellent state of preservation, the bibliographic reserves of the Museu Tèxtil i d'Indumentària are made up largely of two very large donations: the bequest of the Comtesa de Vilardaga and the donation by Sr. Manuel Rocamora.
The majority of the bibliographic reserves can be found in the reading room and are accessible to the public. Documentation Center has developed its own classification system: IMAG.
The most valuable documents, the oldest and those that are referred to the least, can be found in a deposit in the DHUB building. The Documentation Center uses RFID technology (Radio Frequency IDentification) to keep track of the number of consults each document receives. With this information, the documents that are the most in demand are always located in the reading room for ease of access.
The historic reserves of magazines and journals is still being catalogued. The center keeps over 100 subscriptions to specialist magazines and journals.