The Quinta das Cruzes Museum Library brings together a bibliographic collection related with the collections and vocation of the Museum itself. Initially formed with a view to serving as a support to the technical research services of the Museum, it gradually became a documental centre supporting the widespread study of Decorative Arts.
The Library was formed on the basis of legacies and donations of bibliographical species (highlighting that of José Leite Monteiro and, more recently, of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation), consisting, in the main, of printed documents, particularly monographs and periodic publications. It also has some iconographic material.
The reference service is made up of a series of works: general, national and foreign encyclopaedias, as well as works specialising in the fields of decorative arts, museums, Portuguese art, dictionaries and indices.
The bibliographical collection of the Library brings together thematic works in Ceramics, Furniture, Goldsmithery/Silversmithery, Painting, Antiques, Museology, History, Art, Heritage, History of Madeira etc.
In 2003 Library computerisation process commenced whose prime objective was to process information, its specialisation making access easier for the public and providing some information resources specialising in the fields of decorative arts and local history.
At present the Library services are aimed at two kinds of users: internal (Museum technicians and employees) and external (lecturers, students, researchers in the fields of museology, heritage and regional history), affording the local consultation of documents, reproduction of documents and other services related with its documental collection.
Monday to Friday: from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. – 2 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
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Documental Collection donated by José Leite Monteiro (1898-1963)
There are over one hundred and fifty books and magazines going to make up the documental collection donated by Dr. José Leite Monteiro to the Quinta das Cruzes Museum. It was a bibliographical cluster which was important for the formation of the Museum Library in view of its specific theme matters: Decorative Arts, History of Art and Museology.
In these donated works we can find a bit of everything, from the great national and foreign painters to the museums, their catalogues and exhibitions, music, goldsmithery, ceramics, sculpture, architecture, furniture and collectionism.
Documental Collection donated by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
During the course of 2006 the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation offered the Museums forming part of the Portuguese Museum Network some of its publications.
This included exhibition catalogues and monographs on miscellaneous themes from the Decorative Arts to the History of Portuguese Art and Islamic Art.
This generous offer, to which the Quinta das Cruzes Museum subscribed, allowed the incorporation of total of 185 books into the bibliographical collection of this institution.
This important set of bibliographical varieties considerably enriched the cluster dedicated to the Decorative Arts of the Museum Library, allowing improved conditions for research and investigation into the collections as well as a greater diversity of thematic titles which are now available to users.