Sculpture Research Library

Based in the centre of Leeds, the Henry Moore Institute Research Library is open to anyone with an interest in sculpture.

We are delighted to be open again after a temporary closure of more than five months due to Covid-19. To keep our visitors and staff as safe as possible, we are following current Covid-19 secure guidance and have implemented a range of measures.

To help us effectively manage the Research Library and allow for social distancing, we are limiting visitor numbers and are asking all visitors to book tickets in advance.

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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.

Please browse our online catalogue and identify what you want to access during your visit. Once you have booked your free timed ticket to visit, please email to let us know so we can make sure it is available and ready for you when you arrive. Please give at least 24 hours’ notice for requested items.