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 also has a collection of 6500 artists’ books which date from the 1960s to the present day.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 11AM-5PM, except for public holidays, the first Friday of each month, and between Christmas and New Year.

Registration is required on your first visit. Advanced appointments are required for items in Tate Library Special Collections, but for all Tate Library items, please always contact us to check that a required item will be available, before making a special journey - please see details here: here.

The local library catalogue is available online.

The Tate Gallery Archives contribute to the Archives Hub. To browse descriptions of their archive materials, visit their Archives Hub information page.

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 it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of the Tate Library (Tate Britain) records in Library Hub Discover here.