Professional associations, reference sources, specialist libraries and websites

  • National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Decorative arts and craft, and design history. Subject areas covered reflect the museum’s collections. Open to the general public – no appointment necessary.
  • British Museum Libraries and Archives
    Subject areas covered reflect the museum’s collections such as decorative arts and crafts. Access by appointment only.
  • BSI Members Reading Room
    British Standards. Students (with proof of student status) can consult British Standards free of charge in the BSI Members Reading Room in Chiswick. (Advance notice required - 48 hours).
  • Dana Research Centre and Library, Science Museum
    Technology, design history, product design. Open to the general public – no appointment necessary.
  • Cartoon Museum Library.
    6000 books on cartoons and comics. Access by appointment only.
  • Goldsmiths Company Library
    Jewellery. Access by appointment only.
  • Wallace Collection Library and Archives
    17th and 18th century French decorative art, sculpture, ceramics and furniture. Access is by appointment only.

Sconul Access Libraries
Some university libraries require you to have a Sconul Access card for admittance to use their libraries for reference or borrowing depending on whether you are a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate or part-time student. All of these libraries hold publications relevant to this subject area. Search the library catalogues of individual libraries to find out what resources are available.

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