The University provides the largest range of specialist and general texts, journals, rare books and early printed books, manuscripts and electronic resources for the study of History of art in the West Midlands including an internationally important collection of exhibition and sales catalogues.
The Barber Fine Art Library
The Barber Fine Art Library contains general and specialist research level texts reflecting the collection profile of the Barber Institute art collection which covers most of the European schools of painting from the early Renaissance to twenty-first century, the history of collection, and some Byzantine art.
A substantial proportion of items are in the original language of publication, mainly in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
The collection includes:
- Monographs, catalogues raisonnées, and pamphlets
- Exhibition catalogues and catalogues of permanent collections and guide books from galleries around the world including some eighteenth and nineteenth century material;
- An internationally important collection of sales catalogues from major auction houses dating back to the late seventeenth century;
- Over 150 periodicals
Please note: Not all material in the Barber Fine Art is on open access, some items should be requested in advance. Visitors coming some distance are advised to contact the Barber Fine Art Libary to check availability of material and arrangements to consult it.
Our main library hosts a general collection of books and journals located mostly in Zone 4B including African, Byzantine and Ancient Art and the urban environment.
Orchard Learning Resources Centre
The Orchard Learning Resources Centre houses a general collection of books particularly strong in decorative arts, gardening and architecture.
Cadbury Research Library: Special Collections holds a number of important archive collections available for research. These include extensive original 19th century artwork of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema; John Hardman & Co. , Birmingham, stained glass window designs, 19th-20th century; and a collection of more than 2000 Soviet propaganda posters, spanning the period from the 1917 Revolution until the collapse of the Soviet Union.
For further information on collection holdings or for advice on how to access our History of Art libraries, please contact: