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From 23 March to 23 April inclusive we will be operating on vacation hours, for full details see opening times

Book Library collections at Vernon Square: main collection items, 1-day loans and short loans, exhibition catalogues, pamphlets.  Courtauld dissertations and theses, and other remote storage items must be consulted at Vernon Square. 

Book Library collections remaining at Somerset House: CABS (Closed Access Book Store), printed journals, sales catalogues, oversize items. 

If you are visiting our Somerset House Library to consult our serials, sales catalogues, oversize or Special Collections, please contact us at in order that we have advance notice of requests and so we can tell you how to find us. 

Opening Times

Full details of the Book Library’s opening hours for Courtauld students and staff can be found on the library’s VLE page.

Term Time Opening Hours
Vernon Square Library: 
Mon to Fri 09:30 to 22:00 (09:30 to 17:30 for visitors).  Sat and Sun 09.30am to 21:00
Somerset House Library: Mon to Fri 13:00 to 17:30.  Closed at weekends.

Easter Vacation Opening Hours
Vernon Square Library:
Monday to Friday 09:30 to 22:00 (issue desk services and visitors until 17:30 only)
Saturday to Sunday 09:30 to 21:00 (no issue desk services, no visitors)
Vernon Square Library will be open Thursday 18 April and Tuesday 23 April, 09:30 to 22:00 (no issue desk services, no visitors).
Friday 19 April to Monday 22 April 2019 inclusive Vernon Square Library will be closed.
Somerset House Library:
Mon to Fri 13:00 to 17:30. Closed at weekends.
Thursday 18 April to Tuesday 23 April inclusive Somerset House Library will be closed

Term Dates
Spring Term: 14th January 2019 – 22nd March 2019
Summer Term: 24th April 2019 – 5th July 2019

For assistance please email

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