The RCA Library’s extensive collection of material (access via the Library’s online catalogue) includes over 70,000 books on art and design and other complementary subjects, an expanding e-book collection, featuring critical and theoretical titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, a wide range of periodicals, and a collection of feature films and off-air TV recordings. It also provides access to key online resources, databases and journals.
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. The Library also includes the RCA archive which holds material relating to the history of the College, as well as other special collections and archives.
While the Library collections are primarily intended for the use of current RCA staff and students, external researchers are welcome to consult the special collections and archives. In addition, a range of access schemes allows access to the main collections for certain groups. See the Access to the Library for External Users section for more details.
To search for material browse the RCA Library catalogue.
The Library has colour and black-and-white photocopying facilities. Photocopier cards can be purchased from the Library Desk.
The Library Computer Cluster (LCC) located on the top floor is available to all RCA students and staff during Library opening hours. It is an open and flexible space which can be used for presentations, group work and training.
The LCC has eight Macs and two PCs with printing and scanning facilities. The cluster also has DVD and VHS viewing facilities, a digital projector, plasma screen, video conferencing and wireless internet access. Fully mobile furniture can be arranged to form different working areas as required.
LocationThe Library is located in the Frayling Building at the College's Kensington site. The nearest Underground stations are High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines) and South Kensington (Circle, District and Piccadilly lines). The entrance for visitors is via the reception on Jay Mews. For more information see Maps & Visiting.
Library books and DVDs can also be collected from the Battersea site. When placing reservations on loanable library books and DVDs, staff and students can now choose for their requests to be delivered for collection at Battersea.
Collection is from second floor Dyson Building, next to the Resource Store on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3.15–4pm, and Fridays 11.15am – 12pm.
+44 (0)20 7590 4224
+ 44 (0)20 7590 4234
OPENING HOURSMain Library
Term-time: Monday to Thursday, 9am – 10pm; Friday, 9am - 8pm; Saturday, 12–5pm
Vacation: Monday to Friday, 10am – 5pm
Open throughout the year by appointment. For details visit the Special Collections & Archive section.
"The Library includes over 70,000 books on art and design, an expanding e-book collection, featuring critical and theoretical titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences subjects, a wide range of periodicals, and a collection of feature films and off-air TV recordings."