Introduction to the Library and its collections

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The Rutherford Building
The Rutherford Building

Goldsmiths Library can be found in the Rutherford Building, which also houses IT Services, Digital Media Suite, the Copy Centre, and the Assistive Technology Centre.

Library mission statement

The Library exists to provide access to the information resources needed by students and staff in the formats they can use at the times and places they want to use them. View our Strategic Plan for 2010-2019 (PDF download).

Library study space

The Library provides a variety of different forms of study space: space for individual work (on the first and second floors, in both quiet and silent areas), collaborative group work (on the ground floor) and viewing rooms (on the second floor). The Special Collections Reading Room is also a room where postgraduates can study.

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Library collections

The Library contains about 300,000 books and subscribes to about 7,000 current journals, many of which are available electronically. In addition it holds a number of Special Collections, the Audiovisual and School Practice Collections. The Library's main subject strengths are in the creative and performing arts, humanities, social sciences and education.

Please expand the menu at the top of this page using the plus signs to find out about the different collections in the Library, where they are kept, and how to get access to them.

Collection Policy

The Library Collection Policy (Interim version, 2014)  is available in PDF format: Library Collections Policy

Data protection

Information held by the Library is subject to the College's Data protection and Freedom of Information policies.