Visit our contemporary art and visual culture research space and reference library

Visit our contemporary art and visual culture research space and reference library

Free, drop in, open 10.00-17.30 Wednesday to Sunday.

BALTIC Library is an informal research space and reference library with a specialist collection of over 13,000 books on contemporary art and visual culture. You can search and browse the online catalogue at

Free public wifi is available in BALTIC Library for accessing the online catalogue and digital archive, containing thousands of images, documents, videos and audio recordings about BALTIC exhibitions. You can connect on your own device or use the iMacs available. There is also a photocopier/scanner. 

If you have specific access needs or would like help to use the Library, you can make an appointment for a supported visit, available on request by email to

If you have an enquiry about an educational group booking to BALTIC Library please email to discuss options.


Online and by appointment

BALTIC Archive contains a wide range of material related to BALTIC's history, charting the building’s original use between 1950-1980 as part of the Rank Hovis flour mills complex, through to the design and conversion process of the 1990s to transform the disused silo building into a contemporary art gallery which opened in 2002.

BALTIC Archive chronicles BALTIC's history through physical items and digital documentation. From the pre-opening newsletter publications, floor plans and architectural information, press cuttings and printed materials, exhibition images and interpretation guides to video and audio recordings of critically engaged discussions, interviews with artists and documentation of live events and performances.

Visit BALTIC+ to search and browse the digital archive, where a vast amount of this material can be accessed online.

BALTIC Archive also contains an artists’ book collection and zine collection.

BALTIC Archive is available to visit in person by appointment on Thursdays and Fridays. To book an appointment, contact


General Library User Information and Guidelines

  • Under 16’s must be supervised by an adult.
  • BALTIC Library is reference only, this means that the books or magazines can’t be borrowed or taken from the Library space.
  • You can search and browse for books using our online catalogue: Within each book record there’s a shelf location, which tells you where in the Library the book is located.
  • There are lists of the categories and subjects on the wall and on top of the shelves to help you find your way around the Library.
  • If you would like to access magazines or other material in BALTIC’s Archive collection please make this request at least 72hrs in advance by emailing
  • BALTIC’s Zine Collection and Artists’ Books collection can be viewed by appointment please make this request at least 72hrs in advance by emailing
  • Food or hot drinks are not permitted in the Library – drinks from bottles with secured lids are fine.
  • Library users are welcome to use BALTIC’s free wifi and access the Internet using their own devices or the Library computers. Please be aware that Internet use is monitored and we reserve the right to ask anyone to leave if they are viewing inappropriate content.
  • Do not download or transfer any personal data or images to the Library public computers. Use of flash drives, memory sticks and cards is restricted in line with our responsibility towards your data protection.
  • Do not leave any of your belongings unattended in the Library.