The National Art Library, V&A

The National Art Library, V&A

National Art Library

Level 3
Built 1879-84

The Library is a series of interconnecting rooms designed to meet the needs of the readers.

It was one of the first buildings in the V&A to have electric light installed as part of the fittings. The iron and glass roof and the large windows facing into the Garden make the most of the constant north light. The cases and bookshelves were purpose built.

The decoration is in the Classical Revival style of 16th century Italy. It is above eye level, to avoid being a distraction, and the upper gallery still has its original plasterwork and ornate railings.