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CSM Collections and Archives

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Central Saint Martins holds various collections which are available for study and research by students, staff and in some cases the public.

Museum and Study Collection

The Museum and Study Collection tells the story of Central Saint Martins' rich history, including works by students and staff and an art and design teaching collection, including early printed books, prints, illuminated manuscripts, embroideries, 1920s German film posters, textiles and garments. The collection is open to all.

Find out more about the Museum and Study Collection.

To make an enquiry about using the collection or to book an appointment, please email

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British Artists' Film and Video Collection

The collection is dedicated to the work of moving image artists, and supports research by students and staff based at Central Saint Martins as well as external individual researchers.

To make an enquiry or to book an appointment, please email or

Please note that appointments must be made a minimum of 7 days in advance.

Materials & Products Collection

The Materials and Products Collection is a collection of new and innovative materials that represent current trends in design and manufacturing. It contains a range of resources to help research materials and processes, including suppliers and manufacturers catalogues, key reference books, magazines and online resources.

The Collection is a reference only, self-service resource and you can access it whenever the CSM Library is open.

Information on Library opening hours.

The Materials Collection Co-ordinator visits trade fairs and attends specialist conferences and events throughout the UK and EU. they also liaise directly with manufacturers to ensure the collection has a current selection of materials and processes to inspire and inform.

Samples are grouped by material category e.g. metal, wood, plastic, paper, foam, textiles, glass. Each sample includes a label with the name of the material and manufacturers' contact details. Samples are continually updated throughout the year. The collection includes information about, and samples of, sustainable materials. Each material that fits within this sustainability criteria has a green label or sticker containing more information.

Catalogues are arranged alphabetically by subject area. A small selection of reference books is also kept in the collection and additional books can be found in the library. You can also find a selection of student work and innovations on display in the glass cabinets.

How to start using the collection:

  • Get started by browsing through the samples on the grids, hangers, in the folders and boxes.
  • Materials, catalogues and books are for reference only.
  • Photography is allowed.
  • The materials are displayed in such a way that they can be handled.
  • Contact information is provided for each sample. Make sure you take down the details if you want to find out more information.
  • You can scan or copy any of the literature but please replace the catalogues in the correct folders.
  • Write down the article/quality/reference number of the material you are interested in if it has one.

Help Available

The Materials Collection Co-ordinator can provide help and advice in using this collection to research materials and processes. However we do not source materials or processes directly for individual staff, students or visitors.

The Materials Co-ordinator can provide inductions to the collection for individuals and for groups of staff and students at UAL.

Please visit the Materials subject guide for more information.

Visiting the Collection

The Collection is open to all staff and students at University of the Arts London.

As an external visitor or alumnus you can make an appointment to use the collection during Library opening hours. To make an appointment please email or call 020 7514 7310. Please be aware that visits to the collection need to be booked at least two working days in advance.

The Materials and Products Collection is a self-service collection. Members of Library staff will be able to provide general advice on accessing the collection but are unable to support specific research enquiries.