The Museum Library

The museum library is located in the outbuildings of the Palace : the Grand Commun, built between 1682 and 1684 by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, has been entirely renovated as office space.

About the collections

The library’s book collections cover the history of France from the seventeenth to the twentieth century plus art history from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.

Included in the collections are :

  • 17,000 volumes on paintings, graphic art, decorative arts, sculpture, architecture, garden landscape and museology
  • Auction and sale catalogues, dating from the late nineteenth-century to the present day (Hôtel Drouot, Sotheby’s, Christie’s…)
  • 100 periodical titles including 40 on-going subscriptions
  • Online resources: Encyclopædia Universalis, JSTOR, I.B.A. (International Bibliography of Art), Allgemeines Künstler-lexikon, Bénézit, Artprice, Artnet (decorative arts)

Catalogue of the Library


The primary mission of the library is to support the research activities of the museum staff; in addition, it welcomes a broad range of students and researchers (by appointment only). All material must be used in the library which also offers color scanner & printer.

The library is a member of the National Museum Libraries Network (R.B.M.N.) which is a consortium of 28 museum libraries throughout France. Each has its own areas of expertise. Combined, they cover the periods from Prehistoric Art to Contemporary Art.

Grand Commun
Museum Library
1, rue de l’Indépendance américaine 
78000 Versailles

Horaires d’ouverture 
From Monday to Friday, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm et from 2 pm to 5 pm
Only with appointment.

Marie-Laetitia Lachèvre 
Responsible of the Library 
01 30 83 73 04

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