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Other libraries

Visit libraries across London and the British Isles as a registered student from the Courtauld.

Other Libraries and Archives

London Libraries

Apply Directly with them for Access

The University of London Access Agreement provides reference access to institutional libraries within the University of London. Libraries may have different access arrangements, so please check with the library you intend to visit before traveling.

Further libraries and archives with significant collections relating to the history of art and architecture include:

You can find lists of art library and research institutions in the UK and Ireland, and art documentation societies around the world on the ARLIS webpages.

Finding Resources in other libraries and archives

  • Library Hub Discover
    gives details of materials held in many UK national, academic and specialist libraries
  • Archives Hub
    lists archives held by UK institutions
  • Worldcat
    includes more than 10,000 libraries worldwide
  • Artist Papers Register
    holds records of archives about artists
  • The European Library
    searches the content of European national libraries
    collective catalogue of the Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florence, Max-Planck-Institut, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte, Centre allemand d’histoire de l’art in Paris and Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max Planck-Institut für Kunstgeschichte in Rome

Accessing other libraries and archives

Courtauld students and staff may be able to access other libraries and archives:

  • As a Courtauld member
    Student and academic services can provide a letter of introduction if you need one
  • As a University of London member
    Your access and the services you can use will vary between member institutions and according to your level of study
  • Through the SCONUL Access Scheme
    ‘Band A’ only – open to PhD, researchers and staff only
  • As an external user

Please check individual libraries’ websites for the most up to date information about external visitors.