Library and Historical Archive
One of the main objectives of the Association is to provide its members with the necessary tools to get all the information they need to practice their profession with a broad perspective, encompassing a vision of the contemporary world enhanced by the historical documentation that connects us with the past.
The documentation facilities of the Architects’ Association of Catalonia, comprising its Library and Historic Archive, house a significant collection of documents, which makes them a major point of reference for information on Catalan architectural heritage.
The Library, with five reading rooms in each of the Association’s regional branches (Barcelona, Girona, Tarragona, Lleida and Ebre) is today the second largest architecture library in Europe in terms of the number of volumes, with more than 180,000 references which include works dating as far back as the 16th century.
The Historic Archive contains around 1,850,000 documents from more than one hundred professional archives. These are original documents of all kinds —from plans to photographs, reports, drawings, etc—mainly resulting from donations, which make the Archive one of the most important document repositories of its kind in Europe.