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'Click and Collect' is on film!

We've made a short video on how to use our Click and Collect service. This service enables Courtauld staff and students to obtain articles and chapters from print books and journals while we have to limit access to the shelves.

Watch the video and find out about Click and Collect

'Scan and Deliver' is on film!

We've made a short video on how to use our Scan on Demand service.

Watch the video and find out Scan on Demand.

Resource of the Month

The Library has direct access to Artstor until end of December 2020. (Image: Trademark 2 by Dan Tan Vu, via Artstor)

Find out more about Artstor

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 04/09/2020

Physical access to the Courtauld Libraries has now resumed. To keep everybody safe, we must limit the number of people in the Library at any one time so all visits must be booked in advance. Access is for study space only. For further details and how to book your visit please see our Stay and Study webpage.

The Library has launched several new services and adapted others to better support remote learning. More information can be found on our Researching from home? webpage. In addition to our webpages, our 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.

We are here to support you with your studies. We can answer your questions on how to use the Library, direct you to resources, assist with your research and provide guidance with search strategies and referencing. For any help, please email us or see our contacts page.

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.

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Researching from home?

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Using the Courtauld Libraries

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