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The Ruskin Library is a small and welcoming departmental library mainly for the use of students and staff at the Ruskin School of Art.

Scheppmansdorf 2013. Digital Pigment Print / Nicoal Brandt

The Ruskin Library has a particular focus on twentieth-century and twenty first-century art publications, complementing the research holdings of the University Libraries. The library comprises of more than 6,500 volumes in its lending and reference collections, including exhibition catalogues, art journals, pamphlets, zines, artists’ monographs and other art publications. The School has recently invested in acquiring a substantial number of books by, and about, artists and theorists of colour. The Library's collection is moving towards a better reflection of the School's diverse student body.



The Library at High Street



While the Ruskin library is primarily for the use of Ruskin students and staff, access is also granted to Oxford University History of Art students. 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 to make an appointment, laura.unwin@rsa.ox.ac.uk

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 and is closed during vacations.

last edited: November 16th 2023