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Print books

The print holdings of the Library are estimated at some 200,000 titles, of which over 128,000 have accessible online catalogue records. The book stock comprises books, exhibition catalogues, theses and dissertations, rare books and pamphlets.

Our Click & collect and Scan and deliver services are affected by national lockdown.  Please see the Library homepage for the latest service update.


The Book Library provides access (for Courtauld staff and students) to thousands of e-book titles within the visual arts, design, cultural studies, and humanities disciplines.  See the list below.



E-books are accessible off campus using your Athens username and password.

There are a wide variety of freely available e-book collections online. Please see our online databases and resources page, under ‘open access resources, e-books

Print books

Our stock includes a collection of some 60,000 exhibition catalogues representing exhibitions on a broad range of topics from museums and galleries throughout Europe, North America, Australasia, and other parts of the world. Please note that from September 2020 print collections will be accessible until further notice on a click and collect basis only. This is due to safety measures in place because of Covid-19.

You can search our print holdings via our online catalogue, Aleph.

The following ‘Top Tips’ videos might be useful in finding and accessing books and e-books:

Accessing Online Resources from Home

Searching the Catalogue

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