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. See the list below.
During the current closure, additional e-book collections have been available. Please see the ‘Extra resources during closure’ tab on our online resources webpage.
E-books are accessible off campus using your Athens username and password.
- A&AePortal (Yale)
- Askews and Holts (This service will replace the DawsonEra platform from 1st August)
- Ebook Central (Proquest)
- JISC Historic Texts (JISC eCollections) Contains EEBO (Early English Books Online), ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) and BL 19th Century (19th Century British Library Newspapers).
There are a wide variety of freely available e-book collections online. Please see our online databases and resources page, under ‘open access resources, e-books‘
Our stock includes 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. Please note that from September 2020 print collections will be accessible until further notice on a click and collect basis only. This is due to safety measures in place because of Covid-19.
You can search our print holdings via our online catalogue, Aleph.