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Dear Colleagues

The Crafts Council Research Library is to be temporarily closed, whilst the Crafts Council offices undergo renovation and refurbishment. The library will be unavailable for a three month period, from Monday January 19th 2009, and is due to reopen in late April 2009.

Library users looking for books, exhibition catalogues, magazines and periodicals are being advised to make use of the national collections at the British Library or the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and to also search our organisations database to find regional and specialist libraries which may be able to help. This database is located within the Craft Directory area of our website at

Restricted access to our holdings will be offered, during the temporary closure period, if users need to make use of specific items from our 'special collection' of Crafts Council documents, or any other publications unavailable elsewhere. This service will necessarily be limited, but users are asked to contact the library team - using the contact details below - to make a request to view such items during the temporary closure period.

We'd appreciate your assistance in spreading the word amongst your colleagues and students to avoid any disappointment. If you have any further questions, please contact the Research Library team at:

Tel: + 44 (0) 207 806 2501
Email: [log in to unmask]

We would like to thank you all for your support of the library over the past year - we ended the year on a high, with visitors from major fashion labels Burberry and Stella McCartney, a very well attended visit from Arlis, and numerous groups of enthusiastic students and makers. We wish you all an enjoyable festive period and look forward to welcoming you back to the library when it reopens in the spring.


Crafts Council
44a Pentonville Road
London N1 9BY


Phone: +44 (0)20 7278 7700
Fax: +44 (0)20 7837 6891         



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