The Courtauld Book Library provides access to a significant art historical collection and is one of the major international research collections of art historical books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues in the country, currently numbering some 180,000 titles. It is a highly significant resource for the international scholarly community. The Library is housed in the vaulted basement of The Courtauld at Somerset House in a striking new architectural conversion, and the majority of books and journals are available to browse on open access shelves.
Since its foundation in 1932, the Library has been enriched with major gifts by art historical scholars who have been associated with The Courtauld Institute of Art, such as Anthony Blunt, Michael Kitson, Count Antoine Seilern, and Johannes Wilde. The Library is an indispensible and valued learning resource for The Courtauld’s 400 students as well as for students from other universities. It is also used widely by academic researchers including both Courtauld staff and external researchers, the art industry, art and media professionals, and the broad education sector.
How can you help?
£100k+ per annum: support the complete annual book budget – 2,000 new items each year.
£25K+ per annum: support and name a librarian or graduate trainee
£20k+ per annum: support the annual budget for repair and restoration of books
£10k+ per annum: support the Journals Fund
25k+: All the above can be endowed in your name in perpetuity.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Campaign Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7848 2056
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