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The Ruskin Library specializes in fine art, art history and theory, art techniques, and human anatomy, with a particular focus on twentieth-century and twenty-first century materials, complementing the research collections of the Bodleian and Sackler Libraries.

Scheppmansdorf 2013. Digital Pigment Print / Nicoal Brandt

The library houses over 5,000 volumes in its two reference and lending collections. There is a further deposit of 1,000 reference volumes in the Sackler Library. The Ruskin holds around 20 sets of art journals and more than 2,000 art-related pamphlets. 

The library is fully integrated into the University’s electronic circulation system and a digital archive of the slide collection, comprising 15,000 images, is available on the departmental server. Ruskin library terminals offer full access to the electronic resources of the Oxford University, most notably The Grove Dictionary of Art, ARTbibliographies, the ARTstor Digital Library, The Bibliography of the History of Art, The Design and Applied Arts Index, Art Abstracts, and e-Journals (including JStor), among numerous others.


The Library at High Street

The library is available to non-Ruskin University of Oxford students and staff for research by appointment (and for reference only). Please contact the Librarian at: library@rsa.ox.ac.uk to make an appointment and bring your University of Oxford card with you on arrival. 

last edited: January 9th 2020