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The Art Library

Pallant House Gallery Library and Archive

Pallant House Gallery’s Library and Archive comprises archival materials, books, catalogues and ephemera on Modern British art and artists of the 20th century, reflecting the Gallery’s permanent collection and exhibitions.

Library Reading Room

The Reading Room is open to the public and contains copies of Pallant House Gallery publications and exhibition catalogues, and a small collection of reference books on key artists and art history.

The books are for reference only and cannot be borrowed.

The Reading Room has a small display of ceramics and prints.

Please do not bring in large bags or coats into the Library. These can be left at Reception. No food or drink, including bottled water, is allowed in the Reading Room. Phones should be on silent. Please only use pencils if making notes.

The Reading Room is open Tuesdays to Fridays 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm

Library and Archive Collections

The Library’s collection includes artists’ monographs and biographies, exhibition and sales catalogues;  and printed materials on artistic periods and movements, developing and emerging art forms, and technique and method.  The Library also has some material on broader subjects such as architecture, design, applied arts, photography and performance where relevant to the Gallery’s collections.

The Archive contains primary materials relating to Pallant House Gallery, its history, collections, exhibitions, and collectors associated with the Gallery.  It contains a wide range of materials in a variety of formats including notebooks, sketchbooks, inventories, letters and correspondence, cuttings, photographs and posters from artists such as Paul Nash, Ivon Hitchens, Kit Barker, Colin Self, Frank Auerbach, and R.B. Kitaj’s correspondence with Chris Prater for the Kelpra Prints.

Pallant House Gallery also has the ‘Hans Feibusch Studio Archive’, comprising of the entire contents of Feibusch’s studio - brushes and pastels, sketchbooks, unfinished works, books, papers, letters etc.


Pallant House Gallery’s Library and Archive collections are ‘closed access’, providing a research resource for the Gallery’s curatorial staff, the Learning and Community team, and Gallery Guides and Volunteers.

External researchers are welcome to use the collections by making an appointment with the Librarian.

The materials are reference only and cannot be borrowed.  Library staff are on hand to facilitate your research.  Photocopying and photography are available subject to copyright and conservation restrictions, and researchers are welcome to use in their own laptops.

Please contact the Librarian Jane Holt to arrange an appointment.

01243 770829


De’Longhi Print Room

The Reading Room is also used to study works on paper from the De’Longhi Print Room Collection.  This can only be arranged by appointment due to conservation and security requirements, and under the supervision of Curatorial or Library staff.

Please contact Collections Manager Sarah Norris to arrange appointments to view prints and works on paper.

01243 770824