We have been collecting photo books and zines, photography magazines and journals, publications on the history and theory of photography, and exhibition catalogues since 1973. As a result, we have one of the largest specialist library collections relating to documentary photography and photojournalism in Europe at your disposal. We have many sought-after and out-of-print photo books for you to peruse, and we provide access to many more online publications, journals, and specialist databases.

In addition, we have the following unique special collections relating to photography:

David Hurn Collection – Magnum photographer David Hurn established the Documentary Photography course in 1973, and his collection encompasses a large archive of books and journals specialising in documentary photography, derived from his personal collection.

Raissa Page Collection - The Raissa Page Collection comprises all the books collected by Canadian photojournalist and co-founder of the pioneering, all-female photo agency Format, Raissa Page.

Newport Survey Photographic Collection - The Newport Survey Photographic Collection is a collection of B&W images taken by documentary photography students which captured Newport in the 1980s. These pictures formed the basis of eight publications on various themes relating to the town, also called the Newport Survey.

Exhibition catalogues – We have standing orders from many of the major galleries in the UK and receive the catalogues that accompany these exhibitions soon after the event.

Stuart Morgan Collection - Donated by the author’s family, this collection of exhibition catalogues date from the 1980s & 1990s, and include some curated by the author. Some of his selected writings are also part of the collection.

In addition to these special collections related to photography, we also have many other special collections related to other subjects.