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The Ruskin Library has a particular focus on twentieth-century and twenty-first century art publications, complementing the research holdings of the Bodleian and Sackler Libraries. The collection priority for the Ruskin Library is contemporary art.

Scheppmansdorf 2013. Digital Pigment Print / Nicoal Brandt

The Ruskin Library is a small and welcoming departmental library mainly for the use of students and staff at the Ruskin School of Art. The library comprises of more than 6,500 volumes, in its lending and reference collections, including exhibition catalogues, art journals, pamphlets, artists’ monographs and other art publications. The Ruskin Library specializes in art history, art theory, art techniques, human anatomy and fine art. 



The Library at High Street




The Ruskin School of Art Library is a departmental library primarily for the use of Ruskin students and staff.

Library access is also granted to Oxford History of Art students, please email the librarian in advance to make an appointment at: library@rsa.ox.ac.uk 


Reference access may also be given to other University of Oxford students and staff members if material is not available at other Oxford libraries, please email the librarian in advance.


The Ruskin Library regrets that members of the public are not permitted.

The Librarian’s normal working hours are on Monday and Thursday. The Ruskin Library is open term-time only and is closed during vacations. 

last edited: January 12th 2023