Please note that on Saturday 29 June, the museum will close earlier at 14:00.

Currently closed to visitors

The Design Museum Library and Archive

Our library is a valuable resource for the study of contemporary design and architecture.

The Design Museum Library contains books on architecture, product and furniture design, fashion and graphic design, transport and digital. The collection also holds a wide range of contemporary architecture and design magazines.

Please note that the library will remain closed until further notice. When the library reopens, everybody will be welcome to browse through the archive.

Free Wifi

Feel free to bring your own laptop or mobile device.

No food zone

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.


Photographs may be taken for the purposes of non-commercial research or private study.

Design Museum Archive

The Library is the gateway to the Design Museum Archive. The Archive’s role is to organise and 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.

Please note: The Design Museum Archive is not currently available for research access.

Art + Industry, the first Boilerhouse Project exhibition (1982)

Design Museum Collection

The collection spans all aspects of design including architecture, fashion, furniture, product and graphic design, digital media and transport.


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