Looking for inspiration? Detailed information? An analysis of the context of your project? New additions to your visual archive? The largest textile library in Europe has everything you need to know about fabrics, yarns and their applications.
If you come to work on a project in the TextielLab, our librarian will use your project proposal to look for relevant background information in the more than 20,000 reference works we have available on textile art, design, techniques and history. Our librarian will be happy to show you around the online and physical library on the second floor above the Woollen Blanket Factory. Besides an extensive collection of books and magazines, it also contains the archives of artists and designers, dye recipes and sample books. Just browsing the shelves can lead to surprising finds that will jump-start the creative process. The library also provides a quiet place to study and work.
Photo: Maria van der Heyden
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The library contains literature on every conceivable subject related to textiles. The oldest book, about dyeing textiles, dates from 1540. There are also comprehensive reference works on textile design through the ages as well as volumes of The woman and her house, a glossy magazine on housekeeping, fashion and art that first appeared in 1906, and recent publications on smart textiles, biodesign and sustainability in the textile industry. We update the collection annually with new books on topics relevant to design practice. You can search the online library yourself, but an email to the librarian often yields many more useful suggestions and results.