The Palais Galliera's library. Photo : © Caroline Chenu

The museum library reading room accommodates 6 people and receives researchers on an appointment basis. The reading room is equipped with computer facilities.

Use of the library

On-site consultation only – no loans. Consultation is limited to 5 books per work session. Use of the library is restricted to curators, art historians, academics, students, lecturers and archivists. By appointment only. Appointments by email or telephone 01 56 52 86 46.


Digital photography of documents is allowed only under special circumstances and with the librarian's permission. Photography is restricted to private purposes only. 

Library resources:

  •  A collection of 15,000 items, available solely for research into costume, fashion and the Palais Galliera.
  • Archives relating to exhibitions organised before 1977, i.e. during the Palais Galliera's industrial design period.

The Palais Galliera Library

The library comprises some 15,000 printed items. Related to the Palais Galliera collection, they focus on the history of costume and fashion and include exhibition catalogues from France and abroad, monographs in different languages, pattern books, sales and advertising catalogues from department stores (Louvre, Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Bon Marché, etc.), proceedings of colloquia and university theses.

The museum's acquisition, exchange, gifts and loans policy means there are regular additions to this collection.

The Palais Galliera archives

The library houses the archives of exhibitions held at the museum from 1904 to 1964.  Before becoming a fashion museum the Palais Galliera promoted industrial design and presented exhibitions on ironwork, philately, the cinema, costume and other subjects.
Although their quality in terms of content is variable, the archives document the exhibitions from the planning stage through to their reception by the public: catalogues, invitations, scenography, correspondence, lists of works shown, photographs, etc.