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The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds is closed for refurbishment until Summer 2024.

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Research library special collections

The library has a significant collection of rare books, catalogues and journals from the 19th century through to the present day.

Rare catalogues from influential and groundbreaking exhibitions from the 1960s and 1970s sit alongside artists’ books and early publications on the history of sculpture.

A wooden box containing Chris Drury's book-work 'Touching 100 Oaks'.

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.

Search online

The collection is constantly growing, with items being donated and purchased on a regular basis. Items from the collection regularly feature in our library displays and external exhibitions.

All the items in our special collections are listed in our online catalogue and can be viewed in our reading rooms.


Search the library catalogue online

What’s in the special collections?

Below are some highlights of books and other items from the library’s special collections.

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Henry Moore Institute

The Henry Moore Institute is currently closed for refurbishment until summer 2024.

74 The Headrow
United Kingdom

T:  01132 467 467