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National Art Library: Group Visits and Inductions


Group visits

Universities, colleges, schools, and other groups brought together for educational or artistic pursuits, are welcome to book a group visit to the National Art Library. These are primarily intended for tutors or teachers to make use of the  Library for their own teaching purposes by selecting material themselves in advance and then presenting it to their group on the day of the visit. Tutors are welcome to make an appointment with a member of Library staff to discuss the selection of material. A member of staff will attend the session to give a brief introduction to the National Art Library and to guide visitors on the handling of the material shown.

If a group wishes to see treasures, work by contemporary book artists or a themed session on Avant Garde publications: responses to the First World War, NAL staff will, if requested, select the material and present the session to the group.

Group visits take place on a Monday between 14.00-16.00. Group size is generally limited to 25 people.

A minimum of three weeks' notice is required. However it is advisable to book at least two months in advance as demand can be very high.

The V&A's Learning Department handles initial enquiries and may be contacted on +44 (0)20 7942 2211, 09.00–17.30, Monday to Friday, or at bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

For further information, please contact us online.


Inductions for individuals are available but must be booked in advance. Inductions give a practical introduction to the Library and its resources, giving readers the opportunity to ask specific questions about how best to tackle a particular area of research.They take place on selected Tuesday mornings at 10.00 for approximately 30 minutes.

To book a place, please email: nalvisits@vam.ac.uk

Special inductions can be arranged for student groups from colleges and universities. These are usually offered to degree students at the point of starting research on dissertation topics, generally at the end of their second, or beginning of their final, year. To book one of these sessions, which are held on Mondays between 14.00-16.00, please call +44 (0)20 7942 2211 or email: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

A gift in your will

You may not have thought of including a gift to a museum in your will, but the V&A is a charity and legacies form an important source of funding for our work. It is not just the great collectors and the wealthy who leave legacies to the V&A. Legacies of all sizes, large and small, make a real difference to what we can do and your support can help ensure that future generations enjoy the V&A as much as you have.