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 Library & Archive is currently closed to all customers but our remote enquiry service is operating as usual and copies of documents may be provided through photography/scanning where appropriate. See further below for more information on our services.
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.