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The National Art Library is a major public reference library of fine and decorative arts of many countries and periods. It is open to the public as a reference library. Before you can use the Library you must register as a Reader. This can be done online in advance. The National Art Library opening times are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday: 10.00 – 17.30, Friday: 10.00 – 18.30.

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Word & Image - Art Books and Design from the National Art Library (Hardback)

Word & Image - Art Books and Design from the National Art Library (Hardback)

This unique history brings together more than 150 spectacular objects from the National Art Library's collection of literature, prints, drawings and p…

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