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Decolonising the Library

‘Decolonisation’ is about challenging the many processes and structures across Higher Education which have been informed by the UK’s colonial past. Here at Norwich University of the Arts Library we want to reframe our collection to reflect our diverse university community, and to make sure our collection encompasses artists, designers, creators, writers and thinkers from across society both nationally and internationally.

This is your library, and we are keen to hear your ideas. If you have any suggestions for resources around this subject, whether it’s a book, pamphlet, DVD, website or a collection, we would love to know. Please fill in a New Item Request form or email us at

Exploring Decolonisation

Please find below suggested reading. We have purposely created short reading lists as starting points for enquiry.

To find other items search Discovery the library catalogue. Useful keywords might be: Race, Racism, Decolonising, Decolonisation, Multicultural, “Black Artist”, “Black History”, “Black British”, “Race Issues”.

If you need a reminder on how to use the Library catalogue check out the bitesize “how to” video tutorials below.

Basic catalogue search tutorial (opens in a new window) Improving your catalogue searches tutorial (opens in a new window) Decolonisation – General reading list (opens in a new window)

Decolonising your subject

Below you will find short lists of books and resources for each discipline. These are designed as a springboard rather than a full list of the resources on this subject. Please search the Library catalogue for further resources.

Remember if you find something you think we can add to our collection you can fill in a New Item Request Form.

Architecture and Interior Design (opens in a new window) Communication Design and Illustration (opens in a new window) FCP/FMB, Fashion and Textiles Design (opens in a new window) Fine Art and Photography (opens in a new window) MA and Research (opens in a new window) Film and Performing Arts (opens in a new window) Computer Arts & Technology (opens in a new window)

Made with Padlet (opens in a new window)

Support for staff

If you need assistance with ‘Decolonising your reading list’ or would like to discuss this topic, please do get in touch at

Please see the document below for more details.

Decolonising reading lists (opens in a new window)

Follow the link below for our bitesize tutorials if you need a reminder on how to use the Library resources. For more assistance or if you would like to discuss this further please contact your Subject Librarian at

Library Online Tutorials (opens in a new window)

Black History Month

Every year we mark Black History Month by creating displays celebrating Black creatives. Below are our digital displays – click through to find a range of suggested resources.

We would love you to be involved. If you have a suggestion for a Library display either digital or physical, or a playlist please do get in touch at

Other online resources

Displaying your work in the Library

At Norwich University of the Arts we have a motto that “we work everywhere”, and this includes the Library. If you have some creative work that you would like to exhibit in the Library please email us at You can show your work in the Special Collection vitrines or in the Library space itself, just pop in and ask us and we’ll help you find a suitable spot.

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