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There is a wealth of information available to you - in print, online and multimedia format - and we will ensure you have all the skills you need to navigate the library's resources independently.

As soon as you join the Ravensbourne student/staff community you will be registered with a library account which allows you to borrow books, DVDs and access material samples and online resources. You will have a library induction and a tour of the space where you will be shown how to find both physical and online resources in the collection. Your course documents and guides include information about the resources relevant to you.

Online resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you don't even have to be on campus to make the most of the collection. All the information you need about the library whilst studying at Ravensbourne is on the library intranet homepage.

The Space

The library hosts study spaces for collaborative, individual study and a quiet space to relax in one of the sound proof booth chairs or in the reading for pleasure area.

We ask that noise is kept to a minimum and activities revolve around studying.

The level 4 big space just outside the library is a great place to socialize and eat your lunch or dinner. We ask that you only bring lidded drinks and cold snacks into the library, this is to protect the resources and keep the space tidy for studying.  

There are a few computers located in the library that you can use to search the collection and print.

The Collection

The library collection hosts:

  • Subject-related books
  • Fiction books
  • Well-being literature
  • Graphic novels
  • Magazines
  • DVDs and a small collection of audiobooks
  • Materials library
  • Special collections - The Ravensbourne library holds a selection of Visionaire issues. Visionaire is a highly collectible, multi-format, luxury art and fashion publication. These are more than just your ordinary books, they are specially commissioned, collaborative design projects; they are unique objects of art. The library also have a small collection of Zines and Artist books.

    Special collections, enquiry reference items and student work are on display in the cabinets as enquiry reference. You can ask a librarian if you wish to see the special collections.

You can search the collection using the library catalogue.

Opening hours

Staff and student card-holders: The library is open from 6am-11pm Monday to Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday.

The library is completely self service so you can use the library as long as the building is open.

Library staff are on hand in the library 9-5 Mon-Fri or via email library@rave.ac.uk to offer advice on a range of resources to assist your resource discovery skills. Library staff also provide more bespoke group training for those interested in developing their digital and print information literacy skills.

Visiting other libraries | SCONUL

If cannot find what you are looking for in the Ravensbourne library or wish to find a study space in another library, as an undergraduate, postgraduate or staff member you can use other libraries via the SCONUL access scheme.

For more information please visit SCONUL.

External visitors & alumni

External visitors may access the Library during staffed hours 9 - 5pm Monday to Friday. Please email to arrange a visit: library@rave.ac.uk


External SCONUL members are requested to email in advance of their visit to ensure a member of staff is available to supervise. Access without prior arrangement cannot be guaranteed. SCONUL users can reference the collection only. 

Search the catalogue to see what is in our collection.


Alumni students can access the library and reference items also by email appointment.


Visitors are not able to use Ravensbourne computer facilities or printers.



Copyright is the legal protection given to the creator of an original piece of work, enabling them to control the way in which their work is used and reproduced.

Ravensbourne is compliant with copyright regulations and holds licenses. Further information and guides are available by contacting library@rave.ac.uk.

Contact us

You may find our helpful, friendly staff in the library throughout the week.


We can be also be contacted via email: library@rave.ac.uk or phone: 020 3040 3767.

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