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Library launches trials of its Click and Collect, and Scan and Deliver services

These new services will allow Courtauld staff and students to access print resources whilst we have to limit access to the shelves to reduce the spread of corona virus

See our Library Services webpage for further information

Resource of the Week

The Library is highlighting two resources containing a wealth of information on LGBTQ+ studies.

LGBT Magazine Archive and Archives of Sexuality and Gender

Senate House Library membership during library closures

For students and staff not already registered with Senate House membership, Senate House have set up a fully remote registration service for the next few months.

One of the UK's major libraries for the study of art history

COVID-19 (coronavirus) update 21/03/2020 - all Courtauld Library buildings closed

The Book Library buildings at both Vernon Square and Somerset House are now closed until further notice.  Courtauld Image Libraries are also closed.
Your Library service however is still here! We will continue to support you via email  during normal staffed opening hours –
Monday to Friday 9.30 to 5.30. We are there to answer your questions, direct you to resources, assist with your research and to provide guidance with search strategies and referencing.

We have developed our remote service to focus on enriched online resources together with our new VLE Library Information Page.
Through our updated online resources page you will be able to access a huge number of EXTRA resources comprising enhanced provision from current platforms such as ProQuest and Ebsco as well as newly available resources from publishers like Bloomsbury Digital Press.
We have also compiled a large amount of Open Access resources. Our new VLE Library Information Page is an invaluable source of advice and information about core resources and features our new Subject Guides – curated information specifically designed to help with researching
course topics.

Returning Books
All current loans will be due on 19 October. If you wish to return your books sooner, we now have a blue book return box situated just inside reception at Vernon Square. If you prefer to return them by post, please address them to: Library, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Vernon Square, Penton Rise, King’s Cross, London WC1X 9EW. Please make sure that you have a certificate of posting. We will be extending graduating students’ library accounts to 31 July 2021.

Senate House Library (University of London Library)
Library buildings are closed but please see our updated information about Senate House during the closure period.

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Remote service during Covid-19 closure (7pm 20/03/2020 onwards)

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