Our aim is to provide unparalleled access to material on modern and contemporary British sculpture.

The extensive library collections at the Henry Moore Institute cover sculpture internationally, with a particularly strong focus on British artists.

You can browse our holdings of books, journals and ephemera in our beautifully designed reading rooms, or view recordings of lectures and gallery events in our audio-visual library.

Special collections

Our collection of rare books and journals include hand-produced artists’ books and important early works on the history of sculpture, dating from 19th century to the present day. Items kept in Special Collections must be requested and handled with great care.

Journals and online resources

The latest issue of over 30 current art journals are available to browse or you can request a back issue from the many specialist journals we hold. Key online databases such as JSTOR or Art Full Text are available to help you find articles beyond our collections.

Sculptors’ files

As well as books, catalogues and journals, we collect exhibition invitations, press cuttings and other ephemera on British sculptors – you can check whether we have a file on a sculptor by searching the library catalogue.

Audio-visual library

Our outstanding audio-visual collection holds around 500 films and documentaries, as well as interviews with sculptors taken from National Life Stories. Recordings of many of the lectures and events held at the Institute are available here too, alongside around 35,000 slide images housed in purpose-built viewing racks.

With so much to choose from, we're happy to help you narrow your focus. Drop in to see us on the first floor of the Institute, or get in touch via email. Of course, if you already know what you're looking for, hit the button below and start searching.

Search the sculpture research library catalogue