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Research library and archives

Our Sculpture Research Library and Archive of Sculptors' Papers provide a unique resource for the study of sculpture.

Sculpture Research Library

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

We are open Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 5pm.

Guided tours of the library can be arranged to introduce our resources and facilities to interested groups. A minimum of seven days advance notice is required and a maximum of twelve people can attend a library tour. Please contact the Librarian to arrange a convenient date to bring a group.

Archive of Sculptors' Papers

The working lives of hundreds of sculptors are captured in our rich and fascinating collections of photographs, letters, drawings and sketchbooks.

The archive is open via prior appointment only, Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 5pm, closing for lunch 1pm - 2pm.

As space is limited and the archive is often busy, it is advisable to get in touch at least four weeks' prior to your preferred date to visit. Please contact the Archivist to discuss making an appointment.

Book your visit

In order to effectively manage the Galleries and allow for social distancing, we are limiting visitor numbers and are asking all visitors to book tickets in advance.

If you plan on visiting the Research Library or Archive, you will need to book tickets for these activities too.

Tickets are free. You can find out more about booking here, see the new measures we've put in place to keep you safe during your visit, or use the link below to book your visit now:

Click here to book your visit online with Art Tickets