Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s greatest museum of art and design

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.

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain

22 March – 13 July 2014. Experience the world of William Kent, the most prominent architect and designer in early Georgian Britain and explore how his versatility and artistic inventiveness set the style for his age when Britain defined itself as a new nation and developed an Italian-inspired style.

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Western Illuminated Manuscripts

Western Illuminated Manuscripts

This catalogue of illuminated manuscripts in the V&A's National Art Library provides a history of an art form over eight centuries as an integral …

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Event - The Bookshop Band

Fri 02 May 2014 19:30

SPECIAL EVENT: Join the Bookshop Band, acclaimed folk trio, for an intimate concert of songs inspired by Shakespeare's plays, performed in the atmospheric surroundings of the V&A’s National Art Library.

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