National Art Library access during the 20th Century Gallery refresh



December 20, 2019

I blogged earlier in the year about the temporary closure of the Twentieth Century Gallery and the effects on step-free access to the National Art Library.  The alternative arrangements are still in place, so please do get in touch in advance of your visit if you have any concerns about how you can access the Library’s collections.

The de-installation of the collection items in the galleries has all been completed on schedule and the next phase of painting and re-fit of the galleries will begin in January.  A number of presses from the Library’s collection are stored around the edges of these rooms and will be unavailable from the 2nd to the 17th of January while protective hoarding is put in place.  Any affected items will be identified on the Library’s catalogue, but in general they will have the following store locations listed in the record:

GC/FIR General Collection: First Floor, West Room

SC/FIR Special Collections: First Floor, West Room

GC/FIR General Collection: First Floor, South Asia Balcony

SC/FIR Special Collections: First Floor, South Asia Balcony

In the meantime, where possible, Library staff will help you to find a library that holds any items that are not available, or to find alternative titles from the Library’s collection.

Thank you for bearing with us during the completion of the works. We hope you will come and enjoy the fresh display in the galleries when they re-open in June 2020.

About the author


December 20, 2019

I am the manager of the onsite information services in the Word & Image Department, including the National Art Library, the Prints & Drawings Study Room and the Blythe House...

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