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.
The library and archive are open by appointment only until summer 2024, while the Institute is undergoing refurbishment work.
Unfortunately, this means there will be 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.
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.
What’s in the special collections?
Below are some highlights of books and other items from the library’s special collections.