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The centre

The Documentation Centre is a place for information and consultation, with the aim of becoming a centre of reference in matters of landscape in Catalonia.


The functions of the Documentation Centre are:

  • To support the Landscape Observatory in the development of its activity.
  • To support research on landscape undertaken by institutions or private organisations.
  • To offer the maximum updated quality information to people interested in landscape.


The Documentation Centre collection contain monographs, periodical publications, unpublished documents, print media, audiovisual documents… It deals with landscape in the broadest sense and particularly the planning and management of landscape in Catalonia, in the rest of Spain and in the world. Consultation is free and open to everyone.

The documents are cataloged in the catalog of the CCUC (Collective Catalog of Catalan Universities) and you can be requested through the CSUC Interlibrary Loan Service.

On the other hand, it is possible to access other European Documentation Centers through our external resources directory


The Documentation Centre of the Landscape Observatory offers the following services:

  • Free public access to the Documentation Centre, on an appointment basis.
  • Interlibrary lending: lending of documents to other libraries or Documentation Centres in Catalonia, Spain and Europe.
  • Exchange of information and documentation with organisations, institutions and researchers.

Visits must be arranged sending an e-mail to or by calling (+34) 972 273 564.

The Center is part of the Catalan network DocAmbCat, the network RECIDA (Network of Environmental Information and Documentation Centers) at national level and the Network of landscape documentation centers at European level.

Network of Documentation Centres specialized in landscape

The documentation centers of the Fondazione Benetton Studi Ricerche, the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands and the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia have added efforts to jointly disseminate the respective centers, their activities, exchange own publications and other documentation, and share experiences and resources.

To achieve this, the three centers will work in a network to increase mutual contact in order to offer a better service to its users. The three documentation centers are specialized in landscape, understood from a global and integrating view, in accordance with the principles of the European Landscape Convention (ELC). Later on, new European documentation centers could join this initiative.


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