Winchester School of Art Library: A Short Profile

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Study space in Library 2

Ever wondered what we get up to at our site libraries? Well here is your chance to find out a bit about WSA Library which is the University’s specialist art & design library, located approximately 12 miles from Hartley Library.

WSA Library inhabits a small space but this hasn’t stopped it from accumulating over 30,000 books, 3000 DVDs & 100 print journals, as well as two major Special Collections of international interest. Our collection serves all the courses taught at the school and much more – from fine art and photography, to graphic arts, fashion and textile design and fashion management and marketing. Highlights include the Knitting Reference Library which has enjoyed a lot of publicity in recent years, much of this owing to the success of the In the Loop Conferences which have encouraged research not only from academics, but knitters, makers and designers alike. The Artists’ Book Collection is another impressive collection which was started in the late 1960s, and features the work of many world-renowned artists as well as that of WSA’s own staff and students.

A selection of some of our print journals.

A selection of some of our print journals.

The team at WSA consists of our head of library and archive collections for art & design, 2 liason librarians, 4 full-time and 6 part-time library assistants. We welcome not only our own staff at students at WSA, but also many from all over the University as well as external visitors from the local area and further afield. We are a friendly bunch so do come and pay us a visit and see all that WSA library has to offer!

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