The Materials Room is usually open from 12pm to 3pm Monday to Friday during term-time for University staff and students. Please see the box below for the weekly opening times.
Please contact the email ACILibrarian@mdx.ac.uk to make an appointment outside these hours but still within our core hours on Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm, or for more information about the using the Special Collections.
The Illustrated Book Collection
This has a wide range of historical and contemporary illustrated books, for children and adults. It is available in the Basement of the Sheppard Library and is arranged by illustrator. The books can be searched for on the library catalogue. Click here for more information.
This video is slightly out of date regarding the Librarians and the opening hours but provides a great introduction to the Materials Room
This home page gives an overview of the special collections available in the Sheppard Library's Materials Room, and at MoDA (Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture). You can click on the tabs above or links below to get more information.
The collections included are:
We now have a small photographic box (60x60x60cm) so you can take high quality pictures of items in the Materials Room. Please ask about this when you visit the room, or email ACILibrarian@mdx.ac.uk to book it in advance.
You can change the background colour, and dim or diffuse the lighting to achieve the effects you need.
The Special Books Collection is a small library of books which for reasons of age, rarity, fragility or special format are kept separately. The titles include many artists' books and the fashion publication Visionaire. Click here for more information about the Special Books Collection.
The Sheppard Library holds an amazing collection of vintage and contemporary comics, showing a wide range of graphic styles. There are children's, underground publications sci-fi and manga, and many others. This collection is available in the Materials Room which is in the Basement of the Sheppard Library.
Click here for more information about the Comics Collection.
This is a broad ranging collection of manufacturers' product samples.
Items include fabrics, glass, plastics, wire mesh, marble, paper, paint and laminates. The information is arranged in categories and items may be borrowed from this collection for two weeks.
Click here for more information about the Samples Collection.
The Fashion Collection is a collection of clothes, accessories, fabrics and haberdashery items from Victorian times to the present day.
The Collection is kept in the Materials Room (Sheppard Library, Basement) and is usually open from 12pm-3pm Monday to Friday during term-time. If you can't visit the room between these hours you may be able to book an appointment by contacting ACILibrarian@mdx.ac.uk. For more information about the Fashion Collection Click here.
MoDA holds wallpaper and textile samples, designs, books, journals and ephemera. You can browse the collections from their website at www.moda.mdx.ac.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a study room appointment.
MoDA is a 10 minute walk from Hendon campus at::
MoDA Collections Centre
9 Boulevard Drive, Beaufort Park
Tel: 020 8411 5244