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Library Bank Holiday Closures in the Merry Month of May

A reminder to all our users that the National Art Library will be closed for the two bank holiday weekends in May: Closing at 18.30 on Friday 28th April, and re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 2nd May. Closing at 18.30 on Friday 26th May and re-opening at 10.00 on Tuesday 30th May. You can order your […]

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Christmas at the National Art Library

The V&A is a wonderful place to visit at Christmas, with lots of festive displays, activities, and events for all!  One display that has just opened is Season’s Greetings: Victorian Christmas cards in Room 108, which features amongst other items the ‘first Christmas card’ commissioned by Henry Cole and designed by the artist John Callcott […]

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The National Art Library is closed for stocktaking

Every year the National Art Library closes its doors for ten days to carry out a stocktaking exercise. The focus of the stocktake is always on ensuring the on-going security and preservation of the collection, and making sure it is stored in the most efficient way. We also take the opportunity to carry out any repairs or […]

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National Art Library late May bank holiday weekend closure

A reminder to all our users that the second bank holiday in May will soon be upon us and that the National Art Library will be closed for the weekend.  We close at 18.30 on Friday 27th May, and will re-open at 10.00 on Tuesday 31st May. You can order your items ahead of your visit for […]

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National Art Library bank holiday weekend closure

A reminder to all our users that the National Art Library will be closed for the bank holiday weekend from 18.30 on Friday 29th April, and will re-open at 10.00 on Tuesday 3rd May. You can order your items ahead of your visit for when we re-open: advance orders received after 16:30 on the Friday will […]

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Library closure Easter 2016

The National Art Library will be closed from 17.30 on Thursday 24 March.  We will re-open at 10.00 on Tuesday 29 March.  If you place an advance order after 16.00 on Thursday 24 March, your items will be available by 12 noon on Tuesday 29 March. Wishing all our readers a lovely Easter break!

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Storing an ever growing collection

The National Art Library‘s collection grows at a rate of around 7000 items per year, meaning that we are constantly looking at ways of maximizing the space available in our stores. We currently store our books in seventeen different locations around the Museum, but with finite space available every inch counts! With this in mind […]

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Glass, hair, shoe laces and straw

Each year at the V&A, students, artists, book historians and anyone else with an eye for the beautiful, unusual and thought provoking come to visit the National Art Library’s rich and varied collection of over 5000 artists’ books.  Often unique works of art, many are displayed in galleries around the V&A as fine examples of […]

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Temporary National Art Library store closure

The National Art Library Toshiba Gallery Store will be closed from the 30th May 2015 until mid-October 2015. This is so that essential work can take place to ensure that the site continues to provide suitable storage for our collections into the future. Unfortunately this will affect the retrieval of the following pressmarks currently stored […]

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Tales from the Crypt

Beautiful, historic library interiors also mean historic library stores, and occasionally book storage areas will need some additional care and attention to ensure they continue to provide suitable storage for the future.  Unfortunately, of course, this can limit book availability for a period.  Some essential repair work is soon to take place in the National Art Library Crypt […]

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