Artists’ books explore ideas and concepts through form as much as content. They do this by, for example, disrupting the sequence and nature of the page, or using unconventional materials and printing techniques.

The artists’ books in the Tate Library collection number around 5,500 and date from the 1960s to the present day. The collection is international in scope with an emphasis on British artists. These books were primarily conceived by artists and made in multiple editions.

Access artists’ books

Artists’ books are available for consultation in the Archive and Library Special Collections room, by appointment.