The library employs around 60 staff members throughout the library most of which are actually working behind the scenes in management, acquisitions, cataloging and conservation. All inquiries both for the library and the museum are handled by the library. All inquiries from the public are retrieved once an hour, on the hour. On the hour staff members collect the requests and head into to back rooms, upstairs and downstairs to fill the request for the patrons. Currently all of the collections are onsite, but with the large acquistion budget, the stacks are filling up.
Special collections for the NAL are very impressive! Some of the items included are:
Charles Dickens (1812-1870)
London:Bradbury & Evans, 1853 (1852-1853 printing)
First ed. consisting of 20 monthly issues in 19 (last issue contains no 19 & 20) issues monthly from March 1852 to Sept. 1853.
Comedies, histories, & tragedies.
This is a copy of a Shakespeare's First Folio, one of the most famous books in the English language.
Leonardo da Vinci
I codici Forster. [Parte] II. (Original ca. 1495-1497)
Firenze: Guinti Barbera, 1992
All captions for photos are from the NAL conservation lab.
Visit the National Art Library at the V&A National Art Gallery at www.vam.ac.uk/nal/ .