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About Bloomsbury Design Library

Bloomsbury Design Library provides cutting-edge scholarly coverage of design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day.

It offers an expanding range of authoritative reference and book content, alongside a rich selection of museum object images, which are fully searchable and underpinned by an intuitive taxonomy for seamless navigation.

The ideal research and learning tool for design and visual arts, it will support both students and academics by allowing them to explore the history and context of influential design schools, people, periods, places, and disciplines.

Bloomsbury Design Library is available to institutions by annual subscription or perpetual access. New and updated content will be added twice a year, and institutions can request a 30-day free trial.


What's included?

Bloomsbury Design Library offers cross-searchable access to a broad range of reference works, e-books, images, exhibitions collections, and more:

  • The landmark Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design – including an expanding range of over 1,700 authoritative articles across three volumes, written by leading international scholars
  • World History of Design – an acclaimed two-volume work by eminent design historian, Victor Margolin, covering a history of global design from prehistoric times to the end of World War II
  • 17 online exclusive articles from the Encyclopedia of Asian Design, the first publication to provide authoritative coverage of design and craft practice across Greater Asia.
  • Over 70 eBooks in design and craft studies by leading scholars including Glenn Adamson, Tony Fry, John Heskett, Penny Sparke, Judith Attfield and Nigel Cross
  • A fascinating collection of 1000 object images from the prestigious Museum of Arts and Design collection in New York - featuring a range of forms, from jewellery to sculpture
  • Exhibition pages providing essential information and images from key museum exhibitions starting with the Designmuseum Danmark: Learning from Japan and The Danish Chair
  • More than 100 Designer Pages providing essential details and links to further reading about key figures including Ettore Sottsass, William Morris, Charles Eames and Ray Kaiser Eames
  • An interactive timeline provides an illustrated and linked overview of global design and crafts history, within its social, technological, economic, and cultural context
  • Coming soon: 
    • New design ebooks
    • Online exclusive articles for the Bloomsbury Encylopedia of Design, lesson plans and bibliographic guides
    • Further images from the Museum of Arts and Design, New York
    • Lesson plans
    • Bibliographic guides

Download the full title list.