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Library Guides

Fashion Business: Books


This page provides an overview of library collections at Harrow. There is also a guide to key location numbers

For information about searching beyond the collections at the university see the other libraries section on the School of Arts guide.


Click and Collect Service

Our library spaces are currently closed due to COVID-19.  However, from 14th September 2020 we will be operating a 'click and collect' service for books and DVDs that are not available electronically.  You can borrow up to a maximum of twenty five items, and request up to five items at a time.

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Free online libraries

The Internet Archive and related Open Library can be good for older material for arts subjects. Some examples include:

Registration is necessary to access some books (the same account will work on both platforms).  There is currently a legal challenge to the 'controlled digital lending; model the Internet Archive operate.


Google Books has extensive previews of some texts submitted by publishers to promote their content, including recent texts.

Shelf numbers


306.1 Subcultures 

338.47687 Fashion industry 

391 Clothing (theory & history) 

391.1 Menswear 

646 Sewing and clothing 

677 Textiles (manufacturing) 

687 Fashion business 


741.672 Fashion illustration 

746 Textiles (arts) 

746.92 Fashion design

746.92092 Fashion designers A-Z