Sackler Library and Archive
The Sackler Library and Archive are temporarily closed due to capacity and social distancing restrictions. Please check back for updates.
The Sackler Library is a valuable resource for the study of contemporary design and architecture.
Everybody is welcome to visit the library. It contains books on architecture, product and furniture design, fashion and graphic design, transport and digital design. The library also holds a wide range of contemporary architecture and design magazines. Our books and magazines are held on open access shelves, and visitors are welcome to browse at their own leisure.
Anyone can use the library. There is no need to register in advance, and there are 16 desk spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis.
No food zone. A café is located on the ground floor of the museum. Bottled water and take away tea and coffee cups are permitted.
The Sackler Library is the gateway to the Design Museum Archive. The Archive’s role is to organise and to preserve the Design Museum’s historical records, covering its origins as the Boilerhouse Project and its twenty-five years of exhibitions and learning programmes at Shad Thames.
The Design Museum Archives are being prepared for their move to Kensington, and are not currently available for research access.
The collection spans all aspects of design including architecture, fashion, furniture, product and graphic design, digital media and transport.