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 RAD members, students and staff.

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

23 Sep '19

Using the Library and Archives

Find out how we can help you with your research
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23 Sep '19

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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13 Feb '19

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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13 Feb '19

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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23 Sep '19

Contact & FAQs

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21 Jun '19

RAD Book Club Archive

RAD Book Club meets about once a month to discuss books suggested and chosen by its members. Follow the links below to read what our…
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RAD Book Club latest review

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
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RAD Book Club review

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa.
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