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The RCA Library is an inspiring and invaluable resource to inform and enhance study, research, teaching and studio practice at the College.

Our collections include over 70,000 books on art and design and other complementary subjects reflecting the full range of activity at the RCA. We have current subscriptions to a variety of journals and magazines as well as a collection of older titles.

Online Resources include ebooks, ejournals, databases and image & video collections.

Our Special Collections & Archives include a photographic record of student work and the UK’s largest collection on the subject of colour – the Colour Reference Library. It also includes the RCA archive, which holds material relating to the history of the College, as well as other special collections and archives

Library staff are available to help our users find resources, provide tips on searching, advise on referencing and more. We deliver workshops and drop in sessions to support students; working with departments across college to ensure that library resources meet their needs. 

Explore our collections using RCA Library Search.

Further information on the Library can be found on Moodle (current staff and students only.)

Visitors are welcome to the Library and to the Special Collections & Archives. More information here.



Main Library
+44 (0)20 7590 4224
[email protected]

Special Collections
+ 44 (0)20 7590 4234
[email protected]


The Library is currently closed and our services are being delivered remotely. Please see Moodle or email us.