Tate Library (Tate Britain)

Contact details

Website: www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/library-archive-reading-rooms/ Email: reading.rooms@tate.org.uk Telephone: +44 (0)20 78878838

Tate Library (Tate Britain)

About the library

Tate Library, located at Tate Britain, is a centre of excellence for art historical research, covering British art since 1500 and international art since 1900. As well as a wide selection of books, printed journals and electronic resources about art and artists, the library has a pre-eminent collection of exhibition catalogues dating from the late 19th century to recent contemporary shows. Tate Library has many rare items in its Special Collections, including Artists Books, Zines, the Martin Parr Collection and the Panchayat Collection.

The Reading Rooms are open by appointment only. Same-day drop in appointments cannot be accommodated at this time. Registration, including proof of identity, is required; you will be sent details once an appointment has been made. Opening hours: Monday to Thursday, 11AM-3PM. Closed between Christmas and New Year.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. See their website for details. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit please email the library as advanced appointments are required.


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