Westminster Reference Library
Westminster Reference Library has an exceptional Art and Design collection which is listed as of outstanding national significance. The library is freely open to everyone and offers a wide range of current and historical art periodicals plus 45,000 wonderful reference and 4,000 lending books on all aspects of Art and Design. The collection covers painting and drawing, fashion and furniture, architecture and antiques, ceramics and sculpture, textiles and jewellery, graphics and gardens, interiors and installations.
Westminster Arts Library is both an oasis for serious researchers with plenty of quiet study space, free WiFi and a wealth of online resources (i.e. Dictionary of National Biography, Grove Art, and Art Fulltext), as well as an inspiring place for art enthusiasts with its exhibition space and a regular Arts events programme.
The aim of our events is to generate a sense of excitement and inspiration, and to use creatively a traditional library as a resource for study and a temporary hub of debate and interaction, a 'creative city' which opens up to a new and ever changing audience.
Library, Archive, Gallery
Monday-Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-5pm
No wheelchair access is currently available. We are happy to make our material accessible for you at another Westminster library branch. Please telephone or email staff for assistance.
Part of Westminster Libraries and Archives’ Art and Design Collection, which is a Designated Collection of national importance, is on display here.
The other part of these collections can be seen at the City of Westminster Archives Centre. Please contact Westminster Reference Library for more information if you wish to see a specific item.
This collection is central to the study of decorative arts and is of national and international significance.
Decorative and Applied Art, Archives
Key artists and exhibits
- Designated Collection
- 9 December 2015 — 2 January 2016
The outcome of a year long dialogue between two artists Amelia Critchlow and Evy Jokhova, ‘Mimesis' – from Greek mimos imitator or actor, source of mimeis – to imitate, features work that contemplates interior social order as inherited, transitional, neutral, challengeable, idealised and inevitable. Housed in the Westminster Arts Reference Library the exhibition operates within a palpable impasse between an absorbing narrative of books and generations of stored knowledge and the ordered, timeless quality of a public library. The works in this exhibition look to architecture, image and display to create a Gesamtkunstwerk of virtual worlds that reflect the world of the viewer whilst being subtly subverted.
All are welcome
Black Flowers Bloom
Showcase new and emerging talent, graduate art students or established contemporary artists. All our shows link into our collection and resources
Westminster Reference Library
35 St. Martin's Street
020 7641 6200
020 7641 5247