If you are new to the Library, this page offers suggestions for the best search options and catalogues to use, based on what you're looking for.

What are you looking for?

Everything in our collections/I’m not sure

  • keyword searching across all Library catalogues
  • limit your search to items available online
  • refine results by collection, item format, language and more.
  • This is a great default option.

Search all catalogues

More about searching all catalogues

Historical and contemporary digital images

  • search the picture library for digital images
  • download low-resolution images for personal and research use
  • includes photographed images from the historical collections and 21st-century biomedical images.

Visit Wellcome Images

More about the Wellcome Images search

Unpublished documents, personal and institutional records, archives and manuscripts from antiquity to the 20th century

  • detailed searching of all archives and their contents
  • search by keyword, reference number, subject and date range.

Search archives and manuscripts

More about the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue

Journals I can access online

  • search for specific e-journals by title
  • browse an A-Z list of all e-journals available.

E-journal title search

Books, journals, databases, art, Asian manuscripts and more, and with expert search filters

  • powerful search filters
  • search by genre, classmark, brand name and subject
  • see detailed information about electronic journals and databases.

Search the Library catalogue

More about the Library catalogue

Everything categorised under a specific subject in the Library

  • Not sure what keyword to use? Type in a word to get a list of terms.
  • Choose from the list of suggested terms to search.
  • Get search results across the historical collections.

Search by subject

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Something on the website (e.g. how to join the Library, subject guides or blog posts)

  • find information about Library events, services and facilities
  • find blog posts related to your search.

Site search