Are you looking for information about a work that you saw during your visit to Mu.ZEE? Would you like some more background information about an exhibition? Or are you simply interested in art and art publications? On the third and top floor of the museum, with a view over the roofs of Ostend, you can visit the Mu.ZEE library reading room and browse 75 current art magazines from home and abroad, new acquisitions and our own publications.

Mu.ZEE library is primarily an academic library where the collection is in line with the activity of Mu.ZEE. Information about Belgian and international art from the 19th, 20th and 21st century is to be found there.

The library collection comprises more than 1,000 magazine titles and 30,000 book titles including artists’ monographs, specialist literature, reference works and exhibition catalogues. Extensive documentation about artists in the form of artist folders completes the collection. In addition, Mu.ZEE library also has special collections which are so valuable that they are kept as separate parts of the collection: Constant Permeke fund, Wout Hoeboer fund, Etienne Elias fund, Robert L. Delevoy archive and a collection of artist publications.

The collection has not yet been made available online, but we are working hard on that. 
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Practical info

Opening hours

The library is free to visit on
Tuesday from 10 am – 1 pm
Thursday from 10 am – 1 pm
(Note : the library is exceptionally closed on 07.05.2024)
On other weekdays the library can be visited by appointment.
Closed on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

The library is closed between Christmas and New Year.


Reading room for 15 people
Free Wi-Fi
Printing, copying or scanning possible


Mu.ZEE library serves both internal employees and the wider public, such as museum visitors, artists, guides, students, teachers, scientific researchers, etc.

During library opening hours, current journals and publications in the reading room are available for anyone to consult. Publication from the library repositories and from the special collections must be requested. No works are loaned.

The reading room is wheelchair accessible.


059 56 45 93