The Philip Richardson Library

The Philip Richardson Library houses one of the largest specialist dance collections in the UK. We welcome visitors from around the world as well as Royal Academy of Dance members, students and staff.

The Royal Academy of Dance remains closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 situation. This means that Library and Archive staff are unable to access the collections and our services are limited. Phones are not currently being monitored, however you may contact Library and Archive staff at and we will do our best to assist you remotely.

The open access collections include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, conference proceedings, resource packs, exhibition and auction catalogues and Benesh Movement Notation Scores. The dance collection is supplemented by resources in the related fields of pedagogy, music, anatomy and physiology.

Materials in the archives and special collections include rare books, theatre programmes, photographs, costume designs, pictures and artefacts, as well as audio-visual materials and paper-based documents and correspondence.

Further Information

Using the Library and Archives

Find out about our services, opening hours, and admission fees
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Library Catalogue

The online library catalogue contains details of the library’s general reference collections, including books, journals, articles, CDs, DVDs, Benesh Movement Notation Scores and resource packs.…
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Archives and special collections

The archives of the RAD include past copies of exam syllabi, minutes of committee meetings, prospectuses, course brochures and annual reports alongside various documents, papers…
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The History of the Philip Richardson Library

A look back at the history of the Royal Academy of Dance Library and Archive Earliest records show that in 1924, the Academy received a…
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Contact & FAQs

Find out how to contact us and read our privacy policy and some frequently asked questions
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RAD Book Club

RAD Book Club has been regularly meeting in the Library, every 4-6 weeks, since 2015 to discuss books suggested by its members. Follow the links…
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RAD Book Club latest review

This is Going to Hurt

RAD Book Club review

If Beale Street Could Talk