Research library

The library at the musée YVES SAINT LAURENT marrakech is a research centre welcoming a broad range of users: Moroccan and foreign researchers, anthropologists, historians, archaeologists, curators, artists and university students. The library is accessible, by appointment, to any person expressing an interest in its holdings.

The library’s collection includes both donated and acquired volumes.

Among the library’s most important acquisitions are books concerning the Berber people (Imazighen). These studies – whether ethnological, historical, anthropological, philological or sociological – began being published at the beginning of the 20th century, and constitute the scientific background upon which the documentation for the Jardin Majorelle’s Berber Museum collection was partly based.

It was Mr. Pierre Bergé’s wish to greatly enrich the library by donating an exceptional collection: important and rare volumes, dating from the 17th to 20th centuries, dealing with the history, literature and traditional arts of Morocco. The library’s holdings also include an important collection of books devoted to gardens, landscaping and botany donated by Mr. Madison Cox, as well as volumes concerning Yves Saint Laurent and fashion.

The library provides a vital channel for developing meaningful partnerships with Moroccan universities and cultural institutions.



I. Use of the library space
The research library is a private, reserved space with limited access. It is open by appointment to researchers, referred to here as the library’s users. The library is a space for research, investigation and reading. Before arriving, users are asked to leave any coats, bags and other personal objects in the locker provided. It is forbidden to drink, eat, smoke, or use a mobile telephone or any other instrument capable of audiovisual reproduction at the library.

II. Rules for retrieving and consulting documents
Users must receive authorisation to access the library before every visit. An appointment to visit the library must be established in advance by sending an email to bibliotheque”at”, clearly stating the requested appointment time. All requests must be made 24 hours in advance, on working days, i.e., Monday through Saturday morning, and must include the user’s CNI number or other proper identification. Appointments are not considered valid until the user has received a confirmation email. The librarian will ask the user to reconfirm the appointment before authorising access.
In advance of his or her visit, the user is encouraged to consult, free of charge, the catalogue of the library’s holdings:

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The library is open to users with a valid appointment from 10:00am until 6:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Only requests for appointments on these days and during these hours will be considered.
The librarian must be present while users are at the library.

III. Handling of documents, etc
The librarian is the only person authorised to remove documents or volumes from the shelves.
Users must exercise extreme care when handling documents and books. Users are asked to open books horizontally after having placed them on the cloth stand provided.
After consulting a volume, the user should leave it on the reading table. The librarian is responsible for returning volumes to the shelves.
If necessary, the librarian will remind users of these rules and regulations, in order to ensure the proper functioning of the research library.
All users must adhere to these rules and regulations.

Online catalogue

In advance of his or her visit, the user is encouraged to consult, free of charge, the catalogue of the library’s holdings

Access the online catalogue