The Robert Sainsbury Library supports the research and teaching needs of the Sainsbury Research Unit (SRU) and the University.  Also referred to as the SRU Library, it is a specialised library in the indigenous arts and material culture of Africa, the Pacific Region and the Americas.  It includes some material on related areas, e.g. South East Asia (particularly Indonesia), and related subjects, including anthropology, archaeology, religion, and museum studies.  It  holds ca 25,000 volumes, AV collections and a range of journals which complement those held in the UEA Library (the Main Library).

It is located within the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA), on the UEA campus, adjacent to the main gallery or ‘living area’.  Works relating to the objects in the gallery collections are also held.

All UEA staff and students have borrowing rights from the library.  Members of the public are able to use the Library for reference purposes.

All our library holdings are listed on the same online catalogue as UEA Main Library stock. Registered UEA staff and students can login to the catalogue for the full range of services, and there is also a facility for those outside of the University to use a guest search option. Our items are marked under 'availability' as being held by the 'Sainsbury Research Unit Library' or under 'location' as 'SRU Shelves' or similar.

Please contact the library if you have any enquiries. We have also produced a Brief Library Guide to summarise the information on using the library.

The Robert Sainsbury Library is housed within the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA) to the southwest of the campus (about a five to ten minute walk from the Main Library and Registry building). It is located alongside the main gallery of SCVA, underneath the ‘East’ Mezzanine (the postgraduate study area). The nearest entrance within the building is through the department of Art History and World Art Studies (the only entrance outside the gallery opening times).

Registered UEA users may borrow on the following basis:

Research masters, doctoral students and staff

Up to twenty books may be borrowed for 2 weeks with unlimited auto-renewals

Taught masters & diploma students

Up to fifteen items may be borrowed for 2 weeks with unlimited auto-renewals

Undergraduates & SCVA guides

Up to five books may be borrowed for one week with unlimited auto-renewals

Short loan titles and Reference/special collections/journals

Short loan titles are items on heavy demand because of teaching requirements.  All users can borrow short loan items for 3 days (plus over a weekend or other closed day if applicable).

No loans are permitted for reference works, special collections materials and journals.

External users:

Sconul Access 

External users with Sconul Access cards may also borrow from the SRU Library (applications must first be authorised by the Main Library at UEA). Up to five books may be borrowed at one time (short loan books not borrowable).

 

Automated renewals will jump vacation periods.

SRU Library Semester hours will continue to Friday 25 March and re-start Monday 25 April.  

Opening hours during Semesters:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.30 – 17.00
Tuesday, Thursday  9.30 – 18.00
Saturday, Sunday Closed

 

Opening hours during Easter Vacation:

Monday - Friday 9.30 – 13.00; 14.00 - 17.00
Saturday, Sunday Closed
   

The SRU Library is open with vacation hours Monday 28 March to Friday 8 April 2022.  

Access during the weeks 11 April - 22 April 2022 will be possible (excluding Thursday 14 April - Tuesday 19 April inclusive) subject to staff availability.  Please contact sru.library@uea.ac.uk or telephone 01603 592659 in advance to arrange.

 

The SRU Library is closed over the Bank Holidays, 2 May and 2 - 3 June 2022.

 

Audio Visual Collection

A database of the Library's Audio Visual Collection. The collection contains video and DVD recordings of films and TV programmes related to the subject areas researched by the Unit. It also includes items of a more general art historical and museological interest and the occasional audio recording.

Object Teaching Collection

The Sainsbury Research Unit and SCVA hold several collections of objects which can be handled and used for teaching and learning purposes. These are listed in the Teaching Collection database.

Anthrosource

The Robert Sainsbury Library subscribes to Anthrosource which gives access to online resources of the American Anthropological Association, including current issues of American Anthropologist and American Ethnologist journals.

Whilst the Government has moved to 'Living with Covid-19' measures https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1056229/COVID-19_Response_-_Living_with_COVID-19.pdf, all users of the SRU Library (and all services and facilities on campus) should be careful of both their own and others health and safety. Check the UEA ‘Covid-19 Guidance and News’ webpages regularly for more information on keeping safe https://my.uea.ac.uk/divisions/admissions-recruitment-marketing/communications/covid-19-information-and-guidance particularly for the latest news https://my.uea.ac.uk/news/-/article/covid-19-update.

  • Although the requirement to self-isolate if tested positive for Covid-19 is removed from Thursday 24 February, we strongly advise you stay at home for at least five days. 
  • You can contact us on sru.library@uea.ac.uk or telephone 01603 592659 if you are worried that books are overdue (books renew automatically, unless requested by another user).
  • Leave plenty of space between yourself and others and we recommend you continue to wear face coverings in the SRU Library (and other spaces in the building) if busy.
  • Sanitisers and wipes will remain available in the SRU Library.