Sculpture Research Library

The Henry Moore Institute is open.

We're delighted to present two new exhibitions this autumn, Julia Crabtree and William Evans: Slip and Henry Moore: Configuration. You can also study in our Research Library and explore our Archive of Sculptors' Papers.

Your visit

To keep our staff and visitors safe and make sure you have an enjoyable experience, we have decided to keep social distancing and some other covid safety measures in place until further notice. These include reduced capacity, sanitising stations on site and increased levels of hygiene standards. We would appreciate visitors continuing to wear masks when this is possible.

Booking tickets to visit our galleries is no longer necessary, though we advise groups of six or more book in advance to make sure there is space for you all to visit the galleries at the same time.

You can still book in advance to visit the Sculpture Research Library if you want to ensure a space is available at the time of your choosing.

Click here to book your library visit online with Art Tickets


What's in the collections?

With more than 27,000 books, exhibition catalogues, journals and audio-visual items, the library is an outstanding resource for the study of sculpture. You can browse the shelves, access online resources or explore our unique collection of sound recordings and films of Institute events. Our holdings on British sculpture are particularly strong and attract international scholars and artists working in the field.

We welcome readers to explore this unique reference resource, learn about the history of sculpture or explore the expanded field of contemporary sculpture.