Research library & archive
The Sculpture Research Library is part of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, and offers unparalleled access to material on sculpture.
We welcome readers to explore this unique reference resource, and study sculpture in our beautifully designed reading rooms.
The library and archive are free to use and all visitors are welcome.
The Institute is currently closed for refurbishment, and will reopen in summer 2024. The library and archive are open by appointment only during this time.
Refurbishment of the Henry Moore Institute
The library and archive are open by appointment only until summer 2024, while the Institute is undergoing refurbishment work.
Unfortunately, this means there are access restrictions, which will make it difficult to accommodate everyone.
If you are a researcher who would like to use our resources while the building is closed, please first browse our online library collection and archive catalogue, then contact the Archivist and Librarian to discuss your needs in advance.
What’s in the library & archive collections?
With more than 30,000 books, journals and unique holdings of sculptors’ ephemera, our library and archive are outstanding resources for the study of sculpture.
Books & exhibition catalogues
The extensive library collections at the Henry Moore Institute cover sculpture internationally, with a particularly strong focus on British artists.
Journals & online resources
Over 30 current art journals are available to browse, alongside back issues of many specialist journals and key online databases such as JSTOR and Art Full Text.
Our outstanding audio-visual collection holds around 500 films and documentaries, as well as interviews with sculptors taken from National Life Stories.
Our unique resources
Some of our library & archive holdings can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
We regularly add to our library collections with new publications about sculpture.
Please get in touch using the form below if you’d like to discuss visiting the archive or library while we are closed.