|Entrance to the V&A|
The library collection is very international, and multi-lingual. The majority of the items are in Western European languages. It is the largest art library in Europe besides
. The titles cover anything and everything related to arts and crafts. It houses trade catalogues and auctions from the late 18th C. The collection includes 8,000 periodical titles, of which 2,000 are currently being published. Paris
Most of the collections are classified by size, some by subject. The library has extensive finding lists, press marks, and maps in order to locate items in the collection. The acquisitions department has a relatively large budget, but they also receive substantial additions to their collections through donations and bequests. Several of the largest donated collections include the Foster and Cements collections. They have their own shelf marks and are kept separate from the main collections, simply to make it easier to find and retrieve items.
|Library Stacks, with a museum exhibit|