Research library

Henry Moore Institute Library

Photo: Karen Atkinson

The library is open seven days a week from 10am-5.30pm, staying open until 8pm on Wednesdays. The library opens 1-5pm on Sundays.

The library's collecting priority is modern (post-1875) and contemporary British sculpture, the aim being to acquire all significant works to enable in-depth research in this field. The library's coverage of contemporary international sculpture allows general research in this area.

Sculpture is defined in the broadest sense so that material on installation and conceptual art and some film and video works are included.

These collections are briefly described below. Details of holdings can be found on the library catalogue.

We welcome recommendations and suggestions of new items for our collection. Please check the library catalogue before making a suggestion.

Books, catalogues and pamphlets
The library holds approximately 24,000 books, catalogues and pamphlets. The library is particularly active in collecting contemporary exhibition catalogues. Items are acquired by purchase, gift and exchange.

Special Collections
The library has a significant collection of primary resource material for the study of sculpture. This includes rare books and journals from the 19th and 20th centuries. Strengths of the collection include books on Eric Gill, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Rodin and the methods and materials of sculpture. The library also has a collection of artists' books related to sculpture, including conceptual works and hand-produced books. Items kept in Special Collections must be requested and handled with great care.

The library subscribes to around 30 specialist journals and holds back-issues of many more titles including rare items such as 'Ark' and 'The Island'. Details of the library's journal holdings can be found on the library catalogue.

Online resources
The library has access to JSTOR, Art and Architecture Complete, Art Full Text and ARTbibliographies Modern. These are available on library computers and via our Wi-Fi network.

Sculptors' files
The library has collections of ephemeral material such as private view cards and press cuttings on British sculptors and related topics such as sculpture gardens and parks. These are held in the reading rooms.

Videos and DVDs
There are c.500 films and documentaries available to view in the audio-visual library.

Around 35,000 slides are housed in purpose-built viewing racks.

Sound recordings
The library records many of the lectures which are held at the Institute. The library also holds National Life Stories interviews with sculptors.

Further information