The Barber Fine Art Library contains general and specialist research level texts reflecting the collection profile of the Barber Institute art collection which covers most of the European schools of painting from the early Renaissance to twenty-first century, the history of collection, and some Byzantine art.
A substantial proportion of items are in the original language of publication, mainly in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
The collection includes:
Please note: Not all material in the Barber Fine Art is on open access, some items should be requested in advance. Visitors coming some distance are advised to contact the Barber Fine Art Libary to check availability of material and arrangements to consult it.
Cadbury Research Library Special Collections holds a number of important archive collections available for research. These include extensive original 19th century artwork of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema; John Hardman & Co., Birmingham, stained glass window designs, 19th-20th century; and a collection of more than 2000 Soviet propaganda posters, spanning the period from the 1917 revolution until the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Please contact the Cadbury Research Library if you would like further details.