Norwich University of the Arts Library

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The Library is a specialist arts, design and media collection that serves as a resource to stimulate and support the research and creative practice of students and pedagogy of academic staff.

The Library is located in the Duke Street Building, a delightful nineteenth century former school building which also houses studios, the Student Union Office, a Lecture Theatre and seminar rooms. The building is designed to be accessible by users with mobility issues. The Library team, in conjunction with the academic community, aim to ensure that the collections are relevant to the needs of the enquiring minds of creative practitioners.

Helping you learn about the Library

Finding information of all kinds is a key part of the student experience. The Library provides an induction programme and subsequent information sessions which aim to enable users to locate and evaluate information independently. There is a Helpdesk on the First Floor to help you with all types of library support.

You can also access our library catalogue online.

Print based media: Books and journals

The Library houses 33,000 printed volumes and subscribes to over 400 journal titles. The bulk of the collection is devoted to arts, design and media. The Library collects a variety of media and subjects including exhibition catalogues, graphic design yearbooks, guides to computer applications, computer games, feature films including a collection of animated films, TV programmes recorded under licence, books on arts, architecture and design practitioners and artist’s books.

Online Library

As soon as you are registered as a student you will have a Library account. You will be able to renew your books, check reservations, and make reservations online. In addition the Library has a set of resources available on the University virtual learning environment (VLE) ‘Moodle’. These include access to the catalogue, to electronic books and journals and to a variety of databases.

Other Collections

The Library has digital images in the form of online image banks which offer access to over 400,000 copyright-cleared images. There is a collection of over 2,500 DVDs that focus for the most part on arts, design and media. The Special Collections include a selection of artists books.

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

The Computer room has colour and black and white printing facilities as well as a colour photocopier.

Computers in the Library

There are 18 computers, and a further 20 computers in the Library reading and study areas, including facilities for disabled users. The Duke Street Building is wireless enabled so you are welcome to use your own laptop if you wish.

Who can use the Library?

Access to the Library extends to all registered Norwich University of the Arts students and staff and to users registered within the SCONUL Access Scheme. In addition alumni, certain categories of educational users and artists/ designers are eligible to use the services. For more information and to join the Library as an external member, please download the application form and return to the address on the form or you can join online.

If you have any queries or require further information, please contact the Alumni Relations and Development team on 01603 610561 or email