Visiting the Libraries

The Courtauld Library collections are currently based in two locations and are open to:

  • Courtauld staff and students (Somerset House by appointment only)
  • External visitors (all locations by appointment only)


students in somerset house library
Somerset House campus.

The Book Library at Vernon Square

 The Book Library at Vernon Square is located on the ground floor at: Vernon Square, London WC1X 9EW.

Collections based here include our:

Visitors must book in advance using our online booking calendar.

Our Visitor FAQs can be found on our external visitors page.

Courtauld staff and students do not need to book unless making a ‘Book a Librarian’ appointment.

Please contact us at or call +44 (0) 20 3947 7627 for further assistance. 


Somerset House Libraries

The Courtauld Image Libraries are located on the lower ground floor and in the basement at:

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN

Please note, due to the impact of temporary building works we have no lift access. Wheelchair users and those with accessibility needs please contact us for arrangements.

Our collections based here include:

Visitors must book in advance using our online booking calendar.

Staff and students must also book in advance. Please select the ‘Visit and View’ option when making your booking.

*The lower ground floor of the Image Libraries is currently out-of-bounds due to temporary building works. Artist boxes from the following schools are unable to be retrieved:

  • The Australian school
  • The British school (artists E-Z)
  • The French school
  • The German school
  • The Hungarian school
  • The New Zealand school
  • The North African school
  • The Scandinavian school
  • The South African school
  • Miscellaneous schools

Please contact us at or call +44 (0) 3947 7627 for further assistance.

Opening Times

Our current opening times are:

Vernon Square Term – Time Hours

Monday – Friday 09:30 – 22:00:

09:30 – 19:00 Library and IT Helpdesk

19:00 – 22:00 reference use only

Saturday – Sunday 09:15 – 21:15:

09:15 –  21:15  reference use only, Library and IT Helpdesk CLOSED

Vernon Square Christmas Opening Times

CLOSED – Saturday 18th December and Sunday 19th December

Reduced Hours – 20th – 24th December 09:30 – 17:30

Term-time hours begin 4th January

Somerset House

Monday – Friday, 13:30 – 17:30 (by appointment only)

Christmas opening Times:

CLOSED 25th December – 3rd January (normal hours resume 4th January)

outside vernon square