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Black art - modern and contemporary, Africa and diaspora: Other libraries

Guide to resources for studying Black art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.



Library Hub Discover will find you books in other libraries in the UK (plus Dublin).

Library Hub Discover does not tell you which of the libraries it lists you can access, or how to arrange a visit. For this info see libraries in London


The key libraries indexed by Library Hub Discover include: 

  • British Library one of the three largest libraries in the world.  Once you have a reader's pass, some online resources can be accessed from any location, including newspaper collections from Africa, the Caribbean and Black America
  • National Art Library at the V&A
  • Tate Library at Tate Britain

And the following may also be useful for African art:

  • Institute of Ismaili Studies and ISMC Library
  • SOAS only three free visits per year permitted


Two key libraries are not indexed by Library Hub Discover:

  • Black Cultural Archives for Black British art
  • Iniva for British or British-based artists of recent African or Asian descent
  • the libraries in London guide provides more info and links



WorldCat will find you books in other libraries worldwide.  Coverage is uneven; e.g. there are some major African cities with no libraries included.

The SIA librarians will help you find books and access libraries anywhere in the world: though please note our knowledge of many countries is limited.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has produced a database of books about African-American artists in its library.