The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Tel: +44 (0)20 7580 0311

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About the library

The library at The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art holds a comprehensive collection of study materials on British painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, architecture and garden history from the 16th to the mid-20th century, as well as 18th-century British decorative arts.

Particular strengths are the collections on the British country house, the 18th-century Grand Tour and the Royal Academy of Arts.

There are a number of information files relating to art in Britain in the 18th and 19th centuries, including print publishers catalogues, newspaper reviews of Royal Academy of Arts exhibitions and regional exhibiting societies catalogues.

The library contains approximately 20,000 books, pamphlets, exhibition catalogues and theses, 8000 auction catalogues and 230 periodical titles. The collection is reference only.

The full local library catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No, material held at the Paul Mellon Centre Library is reference only.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. For further details of our opening hours and activities please refer to our website:


The Paul Mellon Centre data on Copac

Example record from the Paul Mellon Centre Library:

Title: An account of His Excellence Roger Earl of Castlemaine's embassy, from His Sacred Majesty James the IId. King of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, &c. to His Holiness Innocent XI : published formerly in the Italian tongue, by Mr Michael Wright, Chief Steward of His Excellences house at Rome and now made English, with several amendments, and additons [sic] / [By Wright, Michael.]
   London : Printed by Tho. Snowden for the author 1688

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.