The world’s largest digital collection of fashion textbooks

The Fairchild Books Library is the world’s largest digital collection of fashion textbooks. 

Over 130 textbooks, including the former AVA imprint, are available digitally as a comprehensive library of fashion resources. For the full list of textbooks please click here.

In addition to the texts, the Library delivers instant access to teaching and learning resources specific to each book, such as lesson plans, quizzes, flashcards, videos and timelines.

The Fairchild Books Library  is one of five individual collections (along with Berg Fashion Library, Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases, Bloomsbury Fashion Photography ArchiveBloomsbury Fashion Video Archive ) available on the award-winning Bloomsbury Fashion Central platform.


  • Interactive timeline allows students to click through the timeline from ‘The Ancient World’ to ‘The New Millennium: 2000-2014’ and discover the historical context. The historical context is broken down into ‘Religion and Society’, ‘Economics and Trade’, ‘Politics and Conflicts’, ‘Technology and Ideas’ and ‘Decorative and Fine Arts’.
  • STUDIOs allow students to personalise their study with multiple choice questions and quizzes with scored results, personalised study tips, flashcards with definitions and image identification, downloadable files and exercises, videos exploring chapter topics, maps and timelines and audio resources.

Access options

IP Authentication, Referring URL, Single Sign-On, Username and Password

To find out more about how the different access options work please see our General Access Information.

Information sheets

Download a short presentation on how to use Fairchild Books Library.

Usage statistics

Usage statistics are available when you login to your account via the Bloomsbury Administration Portal.

Promotional materials and downloads

You can download logos, posters, web banners, flyers and social media banners from the Bloomsbury Fashion Central platform.