Book Library Opening Times - Courtauld Institute

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Our sites and opening times

From 2019 our main Library is at Vernon Square. We also operate a research facility at Somerset House. See information on what is where, and opening times, below.

Student consulting books

Vernon Square Library

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.

Somerset House Library

Book Library collections remaining at Somerset House:

  • CABS (Closed Access Book Store)
  • printed journals
  • sales catalogues
  • oversize items.

Open Monday to Friday 1:00-5:30 pm. Note that the entrance to the Institute has moved, for directions see bottom of page.

Spring term opening hours - Vernon Square

Monday to Friday 09.30 to 22:00
(09.30 to 17:30 for visitors)

Saturday and Sunday 09.30 to 21:00
(Institute staff and students only, no admission to visitors)


Spring term opening hours - Somerset House

Monday to Friday 13:00 to 17:30

Term Dates 19/20

Autumn 7 October – 13 December
Spring 13 January – 20 March
Summer 22 April – 3 July

Finding Somerset House Library

Please note that the entrance to the Institute has moved. Walking under the canopy leading from the Strand, passing the old Institute entrance on your left, turn left towards the King’s College Campus. Enter the last door on your left and reception staff will direct you to down to the Witt and Conway Libraries.

Evening Access for Visitors

There is no visitor admission to the Courtauld Institute after 5.30pm (or at the weekend).





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