Heinz Archive and Library

Through its holdings and staff expertise the National Portrait Gallery Archive and Library seeks to be the foremost centre for the study of and research into portraiture. The Archive and Library contains three collections: Archive, Library and a Reference collection of portraits. The Archive and Library is a publicly accessible centre for the study of works held by the NPG, the study of the history of portraiture and collects material which supports these areas.

Booking and directions

Tuesday-Thursday, 10:00-17:00
by appointment only:
020 7321 6617


Open by appointment, the Library holds published materials, including 35,000 books and unpublished image and index files.

Enquiry Services

A telephone and written service for those who are looking for more information about British portraits and are not able to visit in person.

Reference Collection

A Collection of 80,000 portraits, mainly prints, but also a body of drawings and a smaller body of paintings and sculptures.

British portraits records

Visual resources and an index of portraits.

Gallery Records

The archive of Gallery Records containing material relating to the Gallery's activities since its foundation in 1856.

Collected Archives

Archives that have been acquired by the Gallery from external sources because of their relevance to the study of British portraiture.