Tate Library (Tate Britain)

Contact details

Website: www.tate.org.uk/research/library E-mail: reading.rooms@tate.org.uk Tel: 020 7887 8838

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About the library

Tate Library covers the same areas as Tate Collection (British art since 1500 and international art from 1900). Its strengths are modern and contemporary art, with over 50,000 books, around 150,000 exhibition catalogues and many rare items in its Special Collections. It includes a collection of about 4,800 artists books dating from the 1960s onwards and is international in scope with an emphasis on British artists. The Library holds around 2,000 journal titles, of which around 400 are current subscriptions. The emphasis is on fine art in the Western tradition although coverage is being extended to other world areas. Architecture and design are only selectively collected and photography is covered primarily within fine art practice.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Tate Library: F2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No. Live availability information can be seen by searching for the title directly in the Tate Library Catalogue. On-loan copies will not be recalled: please periodically check the Catalogue to see if a copy has become available.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to Tate Library's lending policy. Tate Library will not lend:
Artists’ books; Special collections items; Audio visual materials; Ephemera; Oversize items; Reference items; Whole issues of serials / periodicals / journals; Small catalogues (items of less than 16 pages); Sales catalogues; any pre-1960 publication; rare or fragile items. Tate Library and Archive reserves the right to refuse to lend any item.
You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request. (Information for libraries about obtaining an inter-library loan from Tate Library).

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit Tate Library and Archive website for access details; registration is required. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact Tate Library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available. Different registration requirements apply to see Artists books and other Library Special Collection items.


Tate Library data on Copac

Example record from the Tate Library:

Title: Landscape : Michael Ashcroft, John Chilver, Glenn Brown, Dexter Dalwood, Caroll Dunham, Tracey Emin, Luke Gottelier, Dan Hays, Justin Hibbs, Craigie Horsfield, Merlin James, Katia Liebmann, Martin McGinn, Karl Maugham, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Richard Patterson, Grayson Perry, Michael Raedecker, Anne Ryan, David Salle, Rosie Snell, Hannah Starkey, David Thorpe, Sam Taylor-Wood. / [By Saatchi (Charles) Collection. (Priv.)]
  Published: London : Saatchi Gallery 2002

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