Click on the links below for FAQs on that topic:

General Content Questions

1. What is the Berg Fashion Library?
The Berg Fashion Library is the first online portal to offer comprehensive coverage of dress and fashion around the world by providing access to interdisciplinary and integrated image, book and journal content.

2. What’s in the Berg Fashion Library?

Key content available now:

  • The Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion (2010; 10 volumes)
  • E-Book collection: full text of approximately 60 Berg fashion monographs with regular updates
  • An extensive colour image bank with thumbnails that link through to enhanced content. This includes 1,600 images from the V&A Museum’s internationally renowned fashion collection; 2,000 images from the print encyclopedia; 600 images from MoMu Fashion Museum, Belgium; and 200 sample images, from collections including the London College of Fashion and The Museum at FIT
  • Extra reference resources, such as an A-Z of Fashion* and The Dictionary of Fashion History by Valerie Cumming, C.W. Cunnington and P.E. Cunnington
  • Links to E-Journals: cross-searchable functionality with Berg fashion e-journals Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, and Textile for mutual subscribers
  • Classic and Modern Writings on Fashion: 67 seminal pieces and primary documents on the subject of fashion
  • Museum Directory
  • Links at article level to articles in Oxford Art Online
  • From August 2011 onwards, 2,000 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute collection
  • Further Encyclopedia articles and new E-Books
  • Lesson plans and other teaching resources

* All material from The A-Z of Fashion is © The Gale Group; updates supplied by Berg where indicated

Click here for a full listing of content updates

3. How often is it updated?
At least three times a year with new content and with revisions to existing content.

4. How do I submit a comment or correction?

If you have any general or specific comments on the content of an article or find a cross-reference link that is not working properly, you can send an email to bergfashionlibrary@bloomsbury.com or use the contact us form to submit your comments. When providing a comment about a specific article, please provide as much detail as possible and include the URL by copying and pasting the URL from your browser's address box into your message. Comments will be reviewed and considered for inclusion in the next available update.

5. How do I reference an article?

For anyone wishing to reference an article from the Encyclopedia, including authors of said articles, please use the following format:

(Article Title), Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, (Volume number and name, which can be found at the top of each article), published on the Berg Fashion Library online (month and date). DOI (a DOI number can be found at the top of each article on the Berg Fashion Library)

Subscription Questions

1. How do I subscribe to the Berg Fashion Library?
Annual subscriptions are available for universities, schools, public libraries and organizations. Monthly and annual subscriptions are also available for individuals. Visit How to Order, or contact us for subscription information.

2. Is it possible to have a free trial?
Free 30-day trials are available to libraries and institutions considering a subscription. If you are an individual and would like to try out the site, find out if your library or organization already subscribes or is interested in a free trial. Librarians and administrators in North and South America, please contact us for a free trial here; librarians and administrators outside North and South America please contact us for a free trial here.

3. Are discounts available to consortia and consortia members?
Special pricing is available for library consortia. For further details, please get in touch with your consortia manager or contact us.

4. Does a Berg Fashion Library subscription include a subscription to e-journals?
No. If your institution already subscribes to a Berg fashion e-journal (Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice or Textile) the Berg Fashion Library will link to the journal at DOI level. But Berg journal subscriptions are not included in the Berg Fashion Library subscription price and we are unable to ‘bundle’ the two types of subscription.

5. Can I subscribe to just part of the content rather than the whole Berg Fashion Library?
No, the Berg Fashion Library is only available as a fully integrated resource

Image Partnership Questions

1. Why should my institution become a Berg Fashion Library image partner?
The Berg Fashion Library accords with the educational aims and accessibility missions of most major museums by enhancing discoverability of collection content throughout the world. At the present time, information that is of great value to students, scholars and curators remains buried in institutional cataloging systems that do not enable easy discoverability. Given the vastness of the internet, it can be difficult to locate images even when they are available on websites with good search engines. By aggregating relevant images from trusted, vetted sources and indexing them within its bespoke taxonomy, the Berg Fashion Library resolves this problem.

2. How does my institution benefit?
First, by increasing the profile and awareness of your holdings and providing live links, the Berg Fashion Library will likely direct traffic to your site and visitors to your museum. Participants are providing a service to the academic, student and curatorial communities. Curators are able to search Berg Fashion Library to locate important holdings that might enhance upcoming exhibitions. Students are able to learn more about individual garments, and scholars are able to locate objects for research purposes.

3. What do you need?
We are particularly interested in working with institutions able to supply a significant number of images and/or with important specialist holdings. In all cases, we require metadata to accompany image submissions so as to enable indexing within the Berg Fashion Library. For further details please contact

Access Questions

1. I cannot access Berg Fashion Library.

Suggestions for Library Administrators:

a) Please verify that you have submitted your library's signed subscriber agreement to Bloomsbury. All new subscriptions require a signed license agreement on file that has been verified prior to activating service.

b) Please check that Bloomsbury has your library's most current IP address information on file. Administrators can verify account details by contacting us. If you have lost or forgotten your administrative password, please contact us.

c) If your library's IP information has changed, please contact us to report the new address(es) or to update IP information currently registered.

d) Your library's access may have expired or been placed on hold if Bloomsbury has not received your subscription payment or if your free trial has expired. It is customary for Bloomsbury to contact subscribers before a renewal/anniversary date or trial expiration. For further assistance, please contact us.

Individual Customers:

You have entered an incorrect username or password or no longer have an active subscription. Please contact us.

2. Is remote access available?
Remote or off-site access is available to all institutional subscribers at no additional cost. For further assistance setting up remote access, please contact us.

3. Is library card access available?
Libraries have the option to allow patrons to access the site using their library barcode. Please have your librarian or administrator contact us for further details on setting up library card access.

4. Is Berg Fashion Library accessible through Athens/Shibboleth?
Yes, please ask your librarian or administrator for details.

5. I have forgotten my username and password.
If you are using access information provided by your library, please contact your librarian or administrator for library access information. Individual subscribers should contact us to change or be reminded of your login.

Subscriber Services

1. Are usage statistics available?
Usage statistics are available on a monthly basis to subscribing institutions and library consortia.

2. How do I access my institutions statistics?
Please contact us, here from within North and South America, and here from outside North and South America. Your administrative login will be required. If you have lost or forgotten your administrative login, please contact us.

3. How can I view or update my subscription record?
Institutions and individuals within North and South America may view or change their subscription details by contacting us. Subscribers outside of North and South America click here.

4. How can I get a mailing address and other contact details for Berg Fashion Library inquiries?
Full contact details are below.

Subscribers in North and South America
Customer Support – Online Subscriptions
Bloomsbury Publishing Inc.
1385 Broadway
Fifth Floor
New York
NY 10018
Tel:+ 1 (212) 419 5300

Email: bergfashionlibraryUS@bloomsbury.com

Subscribers Outside the Americas
50 Bedford Square

Tel: +44 (0)20 7631 5600
Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 5800

Email: bergfashionlibraryUK@bloomsbury.com 

Accessibility questions

1. Is the site accessible to visually impaired users?
The site is designed to meet Priority 1 and 2 of the Web 3 Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0. Compliance with each of these guidelines has also been documented and reviewed during the visual design build phase, including through usability studies. Specific measures taken to optimize accessibility include allowing users to adjust font size and image size, and adjust contrast (research has shown that visually impaired users respond better to high contrast text, while dyslexic users respond better to low contrast).

2. What provisions have been made for dyslexic users?
The site has been designed with reference to research regarding the particular requirements of dyslexic users
, including through usability studies. For example, the default setting on the site is low contrast to accommodate dyslexic user needs, while visually impaired users can adjust the contrast to high (see note above).

Technical questions

1. With which browsers is the Berg Fashion Library compatible?
The site should be accessible to general users using most current and many legacy browsers. Berg Fashion Library is specifically tested and designed for correct display and function on the following browsers:
• IE8/Windows
• IE7/Windows
• IE6/Windows (version 6.0.2900.2180 or higher) 1
• Firefox 3/Windows
• Firefox 2/Windows
• Firefox 2/Macintosh
• Safari 3/Macintosh
Pages will also display on other browsers, including Google Chrome. Please feel free to contact us if you have a specific browser or platform question.
1Displaying Diacritical Marks in Internet Explorer 6
Select the button for “Fonts...” You can retain the Latin display, but need to select change the Web page font to a Unicode font such as Ariel Unicode MS or Lucida Unicode.
Click OK, and then select “Accessibility...”
Under Formatting, check the box “Ignore font styles specified on Web pages” and click OK.
You should now be able to view diacritical marks throughout the site.

2. Is Berg Fashion Library OpenURL compliant?

Yes, the site is compliant with the 0.1 OpenURL specification. To enable this feature for your institution, please access your account information by contacting us here (North and South America), or here (UK and rest of world). Your institution will need to have an OpenURL resolver.

3. What is the service identifier (sid) for OpenURL Berg Fashion Library?

4. Can I add my library's OpenURL resolver logo to Berg Fashion Library?
Librarians can add their library's OpenURL resolver
y contacting us here (North and South America), or here (UK and rest of world). Your OpenURL resolver logo should be a maximum size of 19 pixels high x 55 pixels wide.

5. Does Berg Fashion Library support federated searching?
Yes; the site can currently be accessed by federated search software via HTTP request and supports the METHOD="GET" which sends the request using the following base URL:
This is followed by text=X (X standing here for your search term).
Multiple search terms should separated with the ‘+’ sign.
For example:
if search query contains the terms Dior New Look, use:

6. Can I add the Berg Fashion Library search box to my site?
Yes; librarians or site administrators who wish to provide a short cut into the site can download the html text from
here and paste it into their own web page. Please note that this search box will only be able to be used by those who have a subscription to the site.

For Authors

1. Write For Us
The Berg Fashion Library is updated three times a year with exciting new content. We are always interested in discussing new ideas or topics for lesson plans, bibliographic guides and online additions to the Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion.

2. What are we looking for?
All encyclopedia articles, lesson plans and bibliographic guides must relate to fashion and dress. As we have subscribers from across the world, topics must be global in appeal and aimed at students. It is essential that your work is factually correct. We will not publish more than one Encyclopedia article, lesson plan or bibliographic guide on exactly the same topic, so please do check if your subject has already been covered before you submit.  

3. What to submit
If you are interested in writing for us, please send an email outlining your topic along with your CV for consideration.

4. Before you start writing
Please make sure that you have read the guideline documents carefully and have adhered to our house style. Guideline documents can be found here.  

5. Contact Us
Please send all speculative submissions or questions to bfleditorial@bloomsbury.com We will endeavour to respond to all requests within two weeks.