CENTRE DE DOCUMENTACIÓ I MUSEU TÈXTIL         Salmerón 25, 08222 Terrassa Tel. 937315202|info@cdmt.cat



Meet the library

The CDMT library specializes in all areas of textile and fashion and in the conservation and restoration of heritage items. It brings the textile world closer to the public and provides information for the staff of the centre and for outside users. Access to the library is free (you must make an appointment).


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New Books & Magazines. July 2018

New books and magazines arrived at library during July 2018: BOOKS Mercaderes de lienzos vestidos de seda Summary La Moda a la Catalunya del segle XIV Summary [...]



In this section you will find brief articles or news about material that is kept in the CDMT library (journals, plates, books …) that we have thought i twill be interesting to highlight and share with you. These documents mainly come from the oldest bibliographic archive of the center but also from the contemporary collection with a value as document, and from the historical or anecdotal point of view. At the moment you can find the following articles (this information is only available in Catalan and Spanish).


In this line, the library periodically prepares exhibitions under the name “Singular documents” that revolve around the material from the old document collection and they are linked to activities or exhibitions that take place in the museum.

These exhibitions also allow us to know this bibliographic collection of patrimonial character of great historical and documentary value, preserved in the CDMT. Some aspects that must be mentioned in these documents are the bookbinding, the book formats, the writing, the typology documentary or the engravings. They are therefore, singular documents that require special attention and deserve to be displayed.

The old documentary collection of the library includes material from the fourteenth to the nineteenth century: manuscripts and printed documents, books, magazines and color plates. These documents are mainly about the technique and history of the textiles and clothing, and also, about the decorative arts and textile art. The legislative documentation and the sumptuary laws from the Viñas Collection on the textile trade in Catalonia and Spain are also present.

A set of documents of great interest for librarians, researchers and students, and, for anyone attracted by the bibliographic and textile heritage.

Exhibitions of “Singular Documents” (this information is only available in Catalan and Spanish)

Practical Information

Opening hours (by prior appointment):
Monday to Friday, 9.30h to 14h
and also them Thursday, 16h to 19h

C/ Salmerón, 25
08222 Terrassa

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If you have any questions or suggestions, please fill in this form.

Online catalog


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Library Stocks

The library holds more than 10,000 documents published between the fourteenth and twenty-first centuries: the modern section (since 1900); the old and rare section (fourteenth – nineteenth centuries); audiovisuals (videos, DVD, CD) and reviews.

The journals library has more than 500 periodical publications, over 30 via current subscription. The full-text from of articles of Datatèxtil can be consulted in open access on the cooperative repository RACO, Catalan Journals in Open Access.

In addition, the library has a local online catalogue, and it’s part of the University Union Catalogue of Catalonia (CCUC).

Also, the old books can be consulted in the Collective Catalogue of Catalonia’s Bibliographic Heritage (CCPBC), and part of this old collection is available in open access in the Digital Memory of Catalonia (MDC). 19th century books are digitized, too.

Stocks of particular interest
The Viñas Collection (1957), quoted in documents as “exceptional”, comprises 1,140 books from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries.

The Tolosa Collection (1983), comprises books, journals and collections of albums of models and fashions from the last century.

The technical-textile library (2001), covering the 1950s to the 1990s, with a total of 318 books and 4,800 exemplars of domestic and foreign journals on subjects related to the textile industry and textile engineering.

The library’s stocks are organized in the following thematic areas:

Fabric restoration and conservation: national and international restoration workshops.
Fashion and dress: history, evolution according to era, types of dress, sociology of fashion, museums, designers, accessories.
Textile industry: firms in the sector, history of the industry, textile processes, machinery, textile design, history of fabrics, fibres, prints, dyestuffs.
Textile art: tapestries, rugs, embroidery, lace, textile artist, exhibitions.
Reference: general and specialist dictionaries, glossaries and encyclopaedias, in various languages.
Journals library: bulletins, yearbooks and magazines about fashion, textile techniques and textile history.
Audiovisuals: videos, DVD and CD-ROMs on fabrics and fibres, fashion and textile processes.


Consultation in the library
All the documentary stocks may be consulted in the library. There is a CD/DVD/video player for audiovisual materials. Photographic material may be consulted with assistance from the CDMT staff, and visitors may also request access to original pieces. Users wishing to consult the old and rare book section and other materials not available in the library should make their requests in advance.

Bibliographical Information
Users may make their consultations in person or by telephone, email, or via this form). The library staff will reply as soon as possible.

On-line catalogue
The library has its own on-line catalogue of all the documentary holdings (with the exception of the audiovisuals and the journals to which the library no longer subscribes). It can also be found via the Catàleg Col·lectiu de les Universitats de Catalunya (University Union Catalogue of Catalunya) (CCUC). The nineteenth century documents can be found in the Catàleg Col·lectiu de Patrimoni Bibliogràfic de Catalunya (Collective Catalogue of Catalunya’s Bibliographic Heritage) (CCPBC) .

Interlibrary loan system
The library is a member of the CCUC interlibrary loan network. [+info]


Reproduction of documents

The library has a black-and-white photocopy machine. Users may bring their own cameras to photograph documents, after asking staff for permission, and on condition that the photographs are to be used for the purpose of study and research. Users may request copies of documents, which will be sent by electronic mail or by post. In the latter case, the user will be expected to cover the costs.

See the fees and regulations for the reproduction of documents [+info]

Internet and Wi-fi
The library has a wireless connection and a computer connected to the Internet which may be used for consultations.

Exchange of publications with other centres
The library may exchange publications with other centres on request, siempre que la temática de las publicaciones en intercambios se adecúe al fondo documental. To establish a publication exchange, please contact us via this form.
List of duplicates available for exchange.