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General Information

The Escuela Superior de Conservación y Restauración de Bienes Culturales considers one of its priorities to be to provide students and professors with access to the existing documentation related to the subjects it teaches, especially when, due to its specificity, this documentation is usually difficult to access.

Throughout the decades of teaching at our School, we have built up an interesting bibliographic collection of publications related to the world of cultural property, both in the field of conservation and restoration and in its historical, artistic, technical-scientific, legal, etc. facets. The exchange of publications with institutions related to cultural heritage, many of them foreign, has greatly enriched our library's collection with specialized and rare titles.

How to become a user:
LThe users of the ESCRBC library are the students and professors of the School. Access to library services is granted by means of the school's library card. External users can consult the library's collections with personal identification (ID card, passport). Currently, the Library is open from 8:00 to 20:00 as a study room.

Diptych with general information 2022 Library Regulations


Opening hours via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Monday to Friday from 8:15 am to 1:15 pm. August, Saturdays and holidays: closed.


Our library's holdings are constantly expanding, both through the acquisition of new volumes and the exchange of publications published by other institutions with the Revista Pátina, which is published by the ESCRBC. The collection has approximately more than five thousand monographs and more than one hundred and fifty periodicals. The collection is available to users in the reading room upon request. The library has its own classification system according to the specificity of its collection.


Documents can be located in two catalogs:

  1. OPAC-RBEASM: catalog accessible through the Internet and belonging to the Network of Libraries of Higher Artistic Schools of Madrid (RBEASM). Access to the catalog.
  2. ABIES 2.0: it can only be consulted in situ on the Library's computers, so bibliographic consultation will be requested through the e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the librarian will be the one to carry out the consultation in this catalog.

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  • In-room consultation
    The ESCRBC library has a reading and study room, which will be available to users during the center's opening hours. It has 20 reading stations. Its collections are closed, which means that they can only be consulted during the working hours of the library staff.
  • Interlibrary loan
    We have an interlibrary loan service in collaboration with the Library of the Cultural Heritage Institute of Spain (IPCE). This service allows our library users the possibility of borrowing books as well as copies of articles and/or parts of books, as long as they do not exist in our collection.To make the request, please contact the library staff, either in person or by e-mail (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The library will notify the user by e-mail of the receipt of the requested material. The period of interlibrary loan for books will be fifteen days and its consultation will be made in the library itself.
  • Computers and wifi access
    The library has six computers with Internet access and two scanners for academic use only. In addition, library users with a laptop or tablet can access the Internet free of charge via wireless connection.
  • Training
    Throughout the school year, the library offers training courses to users (students and teachers).


Newsletter and Magazine Summaries

  • Summaries
    Links to available journal abstracts.


RBEASM (Network of Libraries of the Centers of Higher Artistic Education of the Community of Madrid)

The Network of Libraries of Higher Centers of Artistic Education of Madrid was created in 2013 with the initial objective of implementing a single catalog for all the centers that comprise it and to be able to share the bibliographic collections. Since February 2014 the catalog is accessible online, managed in collaboration with the Subdirección General del Libro de la Comunidad de Madrid. On September 1, 2018, the Network Loan Service Agreement comes into force, allowing all Network users to benefit from home lending from any of the Network's libraries.

The RBEASM depends on the General Directorate of Universities and Higher Artistic Education of the Ministry of Education and Research of the Community of Madrid and is made up of the libraries of the six public centers that offer Higher Artistic Education:


RBEASM Regulations Loan Service Agreement


AFEDA (Association for the Promotion of Fine Art Bookbinding)

The bibliographic collections of the Asociación para el Fomento de la Encuadernación de Arte (AFEDA) are on deposit in the Library of the Escuela Superior de Conservación y Restauración. Previous identification is required for consultation in the library, School card for library users and ID card or passport for people outside the School.

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Encuadernación de Arte magazine is the only magazine in Spanish specialized in bookbinding, restoration, collecting and book arts. It can also be consulted in the living room..




Resources of Interest

Selection of resources available on the Internet related to the Library's areas of specialization, conservation and restoration of cultural property.