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, friends, students and staff.

The open access collections include books, journals, CDs, DVDs, conference proceedings, resource packs 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

13 Feb '19

The History of the Philip Richardson Library

Earliest records show that in 1924, the Academy received a number of rare and valuable dance books from the estate of the late Rev. Stewart…
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13 Feb '19

Library contacts and opening hours

Find a list of important library contacts, including postal addresses, as all as all opening hours and admission fees information. Contacts Address Library and Research…
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13 Feb '19

Library catalogue and Subscription Scheme

Here, you can find all information regarding the Philip Richardson Library’s catalogue and our subscription scheme. Catalogue The online library catalogue contains details of the…
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13 Feb '19

Research, Enquiries & Borrowing Books

If you are unable to visit the library, we may be able to undertake research on your behalf. This service includes help and advice for…
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29 May '19

Library Fees, Invoicing, and Overdue Fines

Information regarding the fees of various library services, as all as invoicing and the costs of overdue fines. Fees Admission fees Library visits are free…
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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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RAD Book Club latest review

The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa.
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