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Stuart Hall Library


Opening Hours

31 August onwards
Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm


Email library@iniva.org

Telephone +44 (0)20 7630 1278

More information

Sae Matsuno, Assistant Librarian

Tavian Hunter, Library and Archive Manager


General Questions

How do I join the Stuart Hall library?

Register online prior to arrival, membership is free and open to all.

Do I need to book a space to use the library?

No, we have a number of study spaces for walk-in visitors.

What can I take into the library?

You can take pencils, paper, laptops and books into the library. Bags, coats, food and drink (except bottled water) must be left in lockers. Portable scanners are not permitted into the library. Exchange proof of library membership card at library reception for a locker key.

Can I suggest new resources for the Stuart Hall Library?

We welcome suggestions for new acquisitions, exchanges or donations that relate to the Stuart Hall Library collection. You can provide suggestions when you visit, or email us at library@iniva.org

How do I support the library?

Our resources are free but donations are welcome to help main the service. To support our work donate online or in-person at library reception

Library Resources

How do I find material in the library?

You can find material in the library by searching our online library catalogue. Library staff can also provide help when you visit or by email or telephone.

Can I borrow books?

The Stuart Hall Library is a reference collection with resources available for consultation only. Resources are not permitted to be taken outside the library.

What kind of material does the library hold?

Library material includes articles, artists’ books, CDs, dissertations, DVDs, exhibition catalogues, journals, monographs, zines, slides, tapes and video-cassettes relating to international visual art. More information

Can someone show me how to research a topic?

Iniva’s library staff can introduce you to how to search our online library catalogue for resources to help with your research topic. If you would like this help, please email library@iniva.org to book your visit in advance

Can borrow books through Inter-Library Loan (ILL)?

As a reference collection, the Stuart Hall Library does not participate in the Inter-Library loan scheme. If you are student at a UK university, items in our collection may be available from other institutions through your university inter-library loan, request through your university librarian. Also, you are eligible for the SCONUL scheme, which gives you access to university libraries around the country.

How do I use the audio visual collection?

The DVD/CD collections can be requested at library reception and played via the available DVD/CD player. It is advisable to book this space in advance.

How do I request items from the archive collection?

Our archive collection are currently not catalogued and thus not available on open shelves. All requests for archival material will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Library and Archive Manager. Email library@iniva.org for more information.


Computing facilitates and services

Does the library have wi-fi?

Free wireless internet is available to library members. For information on connecting, ask at library reception.

What computing facilities does the library have? Can I bring my laptop?

The library has one computer that functions as our OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue) to search the library catalogue and view our audio visual material. You are welcome to bring your own laptop or tablet computer.

Do you have photocopying and scanning facilitates?

Photocopying and scanning of library materials is performed by library staff and charges apply. Photocopying and scanning is permitted for private use and research only within the limits of copyright law. Please ask at the reception desk about the charge per sheet and copyright requirements.