Donations to Tate Library

Donations to Tate Library are welcomed. All relevant titles not already held in Tate Library collection will be added to our holdings.

Donations are at the core of the library collection. They contribute to the high proportion of titles we hold which are unique to the UK, and to the substantial size of the collection. Tate has a centralised library located at Tate Britain that supports the holdings of all its galleries and supports staff across all sites and is open to the public via the Hyman Kreitman reading rooms located at Tate Britain. The Library collection can be searched online.

Libraries or individuals sending donations are requested to send their publications solely to the following address:

Tate Library
Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG
United Kingdom

Inter-library loans

Tate Library also lends to other UK libraries via an inter-library loans scheme. Under this scheme, a user of one library can borrow books or receive photocopies of documents that are owned by another library.

Requests for Inter-library loans should be placed with your local library. Please direct your library to the information for borrowing libraries below. Fees may apply.

Information for borrowing libraries

Tate Library offers:

  • full inter-library loans service to libraries within the UK and Republic of Ireland
  • photocopy-only service to international libraries

UK and Republic of Ireland libraries must have a British Library Document Supply Centre (BLDSC) account.

Tate Library charges in line with the BLDSC for items loaned. IFLA vouchers are accepted for international photocopy requests.

Photocopy requests must comply with copyright legislation and can only be used for non-commercial purposes. Requesting libraries must hold a copyright declaration form stating this and signed by their user, or the request will be declined.

All requests must be emailed to

Requests must include details of the item, a BLDSC account number (if applicable), a request number and delivery address.

Tate will not lend:

  • Artists’ books
  • Special collections items (listed as ‘V’ items in the catalogue)
  • Audio visual materials
  • Ephemera
  • Oversize items
  • Reference items
  • Whole issues of serials/periodicals/journals
  • Small catalogues (items of less than 16 pages)
  • Sales catalogues
  • Anything pre-1960

Please note that Tate Library reserves the right to refuse to lend any item.

If you have any enquiries regarding inter-library loans please email or call the Serials Librarian on +44 (0)20 7887 8836.