The History of Art Library is located within the Faculty of Architecture & History of Art. Its location affords direct access to its collection of books, journals, reference and technical literature and audio-visual material. In addition to these resources it holds a rare books collection.
As registered borrowers, students are entitled to use all University Faculty and Departmental libraries. The Library Catalogue, iDiscover, provides information about collections in all Cambridge University Libraries.
Please contact us in advance if you wish to consult rare items or dissertations.
Due to annual leave/ sickness we may need to close at short notice. Please check by email before travelling to Cambridge.
postgraduates & academics
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Fitzwilliam Museum Reference Library (book an appointment - normal hours of business are Tuesday to Friday, 10.00-13.00 and 14.00-16.30)
Hamilton Kerr Institute (book an appointment - usually available Monday and Thursday. Some items can be sent for consultation at the Fitz)
Use iDiscover to search for print and online books, journals, articles and online databases. If you only want to check what is available in one library then use the location filter. You can also access your library account on iDiscover to check and renew your loans.