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.

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.

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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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Event - This Time in History: What Escapes, by Rose Frain (WWI)

Wed 09 July 2014–Sun 01 February 2015

DISPLAY: As a contribution to the V&A’s centenary reflections on the outbreak of war, the distinguished artist Rose Frain creates an installation for the National Art Library.

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