LONDON’S Courtauld Institute of Art have stated that their Witt and Conway Libraries will continue to remain open to the public five days a week and their Photographic Survey collections will remain accessible by appointment.

The statement quells speculation in the art trade that access to the library’s invaluable archive of reproductions of western art would be curtailed as a cost-cutting measure.

The library is used heavily by members of the trade and the auction houses, who were alarmed when the Courtauld, like other higher education institutions, announced a review of its operations in the light of the current economic climate.

But, although the library remains active, there will be six redundancies and a change in management structure that necessitates the temporary closure of the library between September 7 and November 2.

Thereafter it will be open five days a week from 11am to 4pm. The current annual registration fee of £10 for public users will remain unchanged for the academic year 2009-10.