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Books and e-books

Print books

The print holdings of the Library are estimated at some 200,000 titles, of which over 128,000 have accessible online catalogue records. The book stock comprises books, exhibition catalogues, theses and dissertations, rare books and pamphlets. The majority of the book stock is located at Vernon Square however oversize and CABS (special collections) books remain at Somerset House.


The Book Library provides access (for Courtauld staff and students) to thousands of e-book titles within the visual arts, design, cultural studies, and humanities disciplines.


Print books

Most of the stock is on open access to readers, including a collection of some 60,000 exhibition catalogues representing exhibitions on a broad range of topics from museums and galleries throughout Europe, North America, Australasia, and other parts of the world. Rare books, pamphlets, theses and dissertations are collected from the Closed Access Book Store (CABS) at regular intervals throughout the day. Please note that until early February, all CABS items are inaccessible. This is due to the Library’s physical space at Somerset House being reconfigured in preparation for building works.


E-books are accessible off campus using your Athens username and password.

There are a wide variety of freely available e-book collections online. Below are some collections that may be of relevance to Courtauld staff and students at The Courtauld.

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