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Our library is a first-class service with the focus on making sure we meet your needs as an individual learner.

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.

Visit the intranet for access to the library

With more than 13,000 books, an ever-growing e-book collection and access to some of the best industry databases and journals, you'll find everything you need to support your studies in the library.

We use the latest, innovative technology to make sure you can easily find and access the resources you want, when you want them - our Pinterest account is just one of the ways you can see the latest we have to offer.

Our library staff are on hand with specialist knowledge of the best materials for your area of study, and can advise you how to get the most out of them to reach your full potential.

With more than 80 study spaces, including a group work area and a silent zone with individual study booths, you can choose how, as well as when, you want to study. As our online resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, you don't even have to be on campus to make the most of our collection.

Opening hours

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

Visitors & Alumni 

External visitors may only access the library while staffed between 9 - 5pm Monday to Friday. Please email to arrange a visit studyzone@rave.ac.uk

Inter-library loans can be requested if material is not readily available at institutions elsewhere – such as the British Library. Search the catalogue to view our resources.

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

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

Visitors are not be able to use Ravensbourne computer facilities or networked resources, including databases.

Due to space we recommended visitors to access outside of term time to ensure a seat in the library.

Special collections

Materials libraryOur materials library is curated by Material Connexion - material specialists operating in eight major design-center cities of the world. The materials scientists at MCX curate materials specifically relevant to the courses at Ravensbourne, these are then added to the library. 

Become familiar with the vast possibilities of materials by browsing the physical collection for inspiration, material ideas and applications. We recommended the tactile experience of the materials library as we believe that touch and experiment provide essential means of acquiring knowledge.

The materials library is only accessible by visitors registered with the SCONUL access scheme. 

Visionaire - The library holds a selection of this 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.

Special collections and student work are on display in the cabinets as enquiry reference.  


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 studyzone@rave.ac.uk. 

Contact us

You may find our helpful, friendly staff in the space throughout the week, however the library is a user-led environment that is not dependent on staff being present.

We can be contacted via email: studyzone@rave.ac.uk

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