Collections

Free Public Tours

Explore the Museum with the
curatorial team every weekend.

Time: Saturday and Sunday
11:30 am English Tour
12:30 pm Hindi/Marathi Tour
Open to all.
Museum ticket applicable.

Library & Research


The Museum Library has a unique rare books collection, the oldest of which dates back to the 17th century. Focused on the culture, industrial arts and crafts of the time as well as the early history of Mumbai – its development, natural environment and geography, this collection is in the process of being catalogued, digitized and restored. The archive of books on 19th century Mumbai supplements the Museum’s history and collections. The Library also has an unrivalled collection of more recent publications on the city, and on modern and contemporary art subjects. Researchers and scholars are welcome to access the Museum Library on request.


Library and Research Guidelines


General Rules

  1. The Library is open from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm for reference purposes. It is closed on Wednesday and Sunday.
  2. The Library will be accessible to research scholars, students from the Museum’s MCIACS course and Friends of the Museum.
  3. Requests for referencing the Library should be made by filling in an application form. Forms are available at the Library.
  4. Mobile phones should be turned off or kept on silent mode in the Library.
  5. Foods & drinks are not permitted in the Library.
  6. No baggage, cases, parcels etc., are permitted in the Library.
  7. All instructions and decisions by the Library staff must be accepted.

Library Access Rules

  1. Library materials including books, newspapers, magazines or journals can neither be issued nor be taken out of the Library.
  2. The list of books acquired every month will be displayed on the Notice Board of the Library.
  3. Access to all books will be limited to those that are in good condition. Those deemed too fragile or damaged will not be accessible.
  4. The reference collection published prior to 1970 is part of the Museum’s permanent collection. It will be made available subject to permission of the Honorary Director.
  5. The Library catalogue can be accessed with the help of the Library staff.
  6. All books and material referred should be handed back to the Library staff.

Reference and Handling Rules

  1. The Museum should be duly acknowledged in any research published by the researcher/ student referring the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum library.
  2. Members are requested to handle Library books with care. Dog-earring pages, highlighting, writing on books, defacing pages or any physical damage to books will result in monetary penalties, while repeated violation will result in cancellation of membership.
  3. Pressure must not be exerted on any Library materials, including leaning on, tracing, or writing on them.
  4. To mark a page paper flags must be used. Please ask the Library staff for assistance. Post-it notes may not be used on the rare collection. No marking or writing in ink or pencil should be made on books or reference materials.
  5. Tablets and laptop computers are permitted.
  6. No CDs, pen drives or other portable data devices may be used on the Library computers.

Photocopying Rules

  1. Photocopying is only permitted on books that can be safely photocopied or are in good condition.
  2. The reference collection published prior to 1970 cannot be photocopied.
  3. Photocopy charges for the students will be Rs. 1 per page for b/w copy and Rs. 10 per page for colored photocopy. Payment must be made in advance in cash only. .
  4. Cameras or mobile phones with cameras and other photo duplication devices are not permitted for use in the Library.

For more information on our Library access guidelines and to make an appointment, please contact
enquiry@bdlmuseum.org / +91 22 23731234