The Perspective Research Centre (PRC) curates a specialist library on perspective and related subjects.

The PRC library was formed over 50 years; and consists of the amalgamation of several earlier collections from various sources including, the Perspective Unit at the University of Toronto; and the Maastricht McLuhan Institute. Today the library is known as the Perspective Research Centre Library (PRCL), while large parts of this library formerly comprised the library of Professor Kim Veltman.

PRC has been extremely fortunate in being able to acquire the library of Dr Ingetraut Dahlberg. She founded the Journal of International Classification (1974), which later became Knowledge Organisation (1993). She also founded the Gesellschaft für Klassification (1977) and subsequently the International Society of Knowledge Organization (ISKO, 1989).

The PRC library consists of approximately 7000 physical items, plus 4000 digital items: books, journals, papers, academic theses, treatise(s), and pamphlets.


The PRC library primarily focuses on the history, theory, and applications of Technical Perspective, projection methods, and spatial concepts; whilst holding records on human vision, perception and associated visual media.

Of particular note is that the PRC library includes (in totality) the rare perspective library of Kim Veltman amounting to some 800 volumes. Plus Kim’s library on Leonardo da Vinci is included (approx. 500 volumes, with unique manuscripts penned by Kim). Also the collection contains Alan Radley’s one-of-a-kind optics library consisting of around 300 volumes.

The main theme of the Dahlberg section of the PRC library is knowledge organisation including its philosophical and theoretical background, classification methodology, its universal and special systems, indexing and terminology. Correspondingly there are sections on each of these areas. In addition there are sections on linguistics, special glossaries, library and information science.

Kim Veltman worked closely with new media scholar Professor Marshall McLuhan. Kim acquired an extensive library on New Media, plus details of digital and electronic media’s history and projected future(s). The PRC library contains the library of the Maastricht McLuhan Institute (in full), which reflects the full gamut of old and New Media technologies.

The PRC library continues to develop, and we are endeavouring to collect further perspective related materials; including books, articles and papers etc.


The PRC library is comprised of a number of specialised collections devoted to particular subjects.

Primary Topics

  • Technical Perspective (approx. 800 volumes)
  • Leonardo da Vinci (approx. 500 volumes)
  • Optics (Geometrical, Psychological) (approx. 500 volumes)
  • New Media (Film, Photography, Television, Internet) (hundreds of volumes)
  • Knowledge Organisation, classification and indexing (hundreds of volumes)

Secondary Topics

  • Space / Time (approx.100 volumes)
  • Stereoscopy, 3D Cinema and Binocular Vision (over 50 volumes)
  • Philosophy (Eastern, Western) (over 200 volumes)
  • History of Language, Communication and the Alphabet (over 100 volumes)
  • History of Photography, Cinema and Television (over 100 volumes)
  • Scientific Instruments (Telescopes, Cameras, Astrolabes, Sundials etc.)
  • Maps and Cartography (over 50 volumes)
  • Virtual Reality (over 100 volumes)
  • Graphics, Computer Graphics, Visualisation (over 100 volumes)
  • User Interface Design (over 100 volumes)
  • Mind, Memory and Conceptual Thinking (over 100 volumes)
  • History of Science (over 100 volumes)

Tertiary Topics (sample)

  • Architecture, Environmental Design
  • Engineering And Mechanical Drawing
  • Futurism, Panoramas, Multi-Scale Views
  • Aberration, Distortion and Anamorphosis
  • Spherical Vision, Curvilinear and Spherical Perspective
  • History of Mathematics, Geometry / Structure
  • Mirrors, Illusion, Lumia, Cinematic Special Effects
  • Non-Euclideon Space and The Fourth Dimension
  • Art History (over 50 volumes), History of Theatre
  • Artificial Intelligence, Rational Agents
  • Human Vision, Eye, Visual Perception
  • Cybernetics and Automation
  • Man-Machine Systems
  • Spies and Spying, Utopia / Dystopia
  • Invention, Inventors and Inventive Process
  • Humanism, Human Freedom, Ethical Technology
  • Academic Theses (over 100)


  • Professor Kim Veltman (official archive) – over 500 items
  • Buckminster Fuller – archive of all publications (physical and digital copies)
  • Professor Ted Nelson – archive of most publications
  • Professor Marshall McLuhan – complete archive of all publications
  • Professor Sir Ernst Gombrich – complete archive of all publications
  • Professor Ingetraut Dahlberg – partial archive (under review)

Catalogue, Indexing and Organisation

It has been decided to create an index of the collection based on physical items arranged according to subject classification. Alongside this process, all items are being organised, labelled and arranged on shelves according to subject disciplines.

Bibliographic listings and Indexes to the collection are present in the document below which is a work in progress. The index (when complete) will list all of the physical items that are held in the collection; not including papers and books authored by Kim Veltman which is in a separate list (see Kim Veltman archive).

The list is in subject order and does not follow author indexes at present. Note that the list is only about 20 percent complete.

The preliminary version of the PRC library catalogue is here: PRC Library.pdf


Future tasks related to the PRC library are as follows:

  • Digital catalogue: complete the library catalogue, and indexing procedure;
  • Shelve all items with indexed labels in subject order;
  • Publish the catalogue in several indexing formats; by date, author, subject etc.

Plans are afoot to publish digital copies of important works from the physical library in the near future (where copyright laws allow).

There is much to do, watch this space for updates!

Digital Library

The PRC Digital Library contains many thousands of digital books, papers and other resources related to perspective and other topics (approx. 4000 items); and we intend to publish pdf copies of some of the more important works.

Once again we are limited in what we can publish due to copyright laws.

LATEST NEWS  -- < PRC Library > --

The PRC Library is in development.

At present, we are in the process of cataloging and shelving our vast Library. Until that task is complete, we show a preliminary list of holdings in the PRC Library Catalogue above. Enjoy! 

Watch this space for more information.

I appreciate your patience.

Alan Radley -- 1.05.22 --

Dr Alan Radley FRSA | Scientific Director

Perspective Research Centre