Using the Image Libraries
**Update January 2021: The Image Libraries are currently closed to students, staff and external visitors. This information supersedes that below.**
At this time, access to the Witt Library, Conway Library and Photographic Survey is limited to Courtauld students and staff and strictly by appointment only.
To keep everyone safe, Courtauld students and staff must book in advance through our Visit and view service. There is no access for external visitors. Courtauld students and staff should only travel to Somerset House once Library staff have confirmed your appointment. You will be unable to browse the shelves during your visit and will need to detail the material you wish to consult when you book. We can retrieve a maximum of 10 boxes for each booking as there is limited space to quarantine material after use. We cannot accommodate additional requests before or during your visit as we need to fetch material from around the building and to maintain social distancing from others working in the spaces. You should make further bookings if you need to consult more images.
You can find more information about using the Image Libraries in the FAQs below. We appreciate these measures will impact your use of the Image Libraries but keeping everyone safe is our priority. If you need assistance, please contact us.
The Image Libraries are at our Somerset House campus. We are located in the North Block of Somerset House. You will need to show your Courtauld ID card at the Strand entrance. On entering from the Strand, through the main archways, just before you enter the courtyard, turn left. Our entrance is on the left.
Monday – Friday 1330 – 1730 by appointment
Courtauld student and staff access
Courtauld students and staff must book in advance.
We regret we are unable to accommodate external visitors at this time. We are currently reviewing our opening arrangements for visitors in the light of the UK Government’s revised guidance. We will update theses web pages as soon as possible but The Courtauld’s image libraries may not reopen until early 2021