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Architecture & History of Art: History of Art

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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.



Opening Times



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. 

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Contact Us

(01223) 332953



Lending Policy


5 books

postgraduates & academics

10 books







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The Artstor Digital Library provides access to 2.5+ million images of the world’s cultural heritage, all rights-cleared for use in education. The 280+ collections feature visual media from leading museums, photo archives, scholars, and artists.


This is a scholarly art encyclopedia. You can search for thousands of articles and images by movements, locations, and periods. The subscription includes access to the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, and The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms. 


This database cross searches over 12,000 journal titles. It focuses on scholarly literature on Western Art.


Articles written and reviewed by academic experts on key subjects in art history, with recommendations for further reading.


Delve into art and architectural history in a new way. . . .  The A&AePortal ( is an authoritative eBook resource that features important works of scholarship in the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. With innovative functionality and extensive metadata, the site includes many out-of-print titles, key backlist, and recent releases from some of the world’s finest academic and museum publishers.  Watch the trailer or review the brochure to learn more about this exciting new resource.


Bloomsbury International Encyclopedia of Surrealism is an exclusive digital resource presenting the first comprehensive and systematic overview of one of the most influential and enduring 20th-century art movements, from its beginnings to the present day.

Featuring a 3-volume major reference work, interactive timeline and rare archive images, portraits and artworks, this resource will be invaluable for academics and students in Art History/Theory, French Studies, Film Studies, Literary Studies, Photography and Visual Culture as well as Design/Fashion, Cultural History and Social/Cultural/Political Theory.


Cambridge Libraries

University Library

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)

College libraries (we recommend you email the library beforehand) e.g. Pembroke College Tom Rosenthal collection

London Libraries

National Art Library at the V&A:
The British Library:
Warburg Institute Library:
National Portrait Gallery Library:
Library of the Society of Antiquaries of London:
Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Library:
  • Flickr Commons Access to many of the world's public photography archives. Participants include the National Galleries of Scotland, the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and New York Public Library.
  • Wikimedia Commons Media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content. Includes images, and sound and video clips. 



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The Library

Faculty of Architecture & HIstory of Art

Cambridge University

1-5 Scroope Terrace



Tel.: (01223) 332953



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