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This section will help you identify the best catalogue for your type of research, and tell you how to access the collections in the Library and online.
For historical reasons, information about content in the Library's collections can be found in several different online systems. You can get a list of almost everything available on a topic by searching across all catalogues, but some catalogues, such as the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue and Library catalogue, also offer more precise search techniques.
Try this search tool wizard to find out which search option is best for your needs
Find out about our different search tools
One quick and easy search across all the Library's catalogues. Includes a filter for online resources, an articles search and user tagging.
Searching by subject is an easy way to find material in the Library collections, by browsing a list of suggested subject terms. Read more about how it works.
Learn more about using the Library catalogue and its advanced search features.
Tips for finding and requesting materials from the Archives and Manuscripts catalogue.
Learn more about the Wellcome Images advanced search and lightbox features.
An brief introduction to finding physical and printed materials in the Library.
Learn how to request items from closed stores and see the daily delivery schedules for requested items.
The Library provides access to a wide variety of subscription databases, electronic journals and e-books to its members. This section lists the resources that are available both in and outside of the Library.
For a comprehensive search of the Library’s Asian Collection and Art Collection, you may wish to use the printed catalogues in addition to the online catalogues. Most items in these printed catalogues have not been added to the Library’s online catalogues.
Digital copies of materials printed between the 15th century and 19th century are widely available on the web. Before making copies of fragile Wellcome Library material, check these free online sources first.
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These tools help you search the Library catalogues from your own workspace. Find installation instructions for Internet Explorer, Chrome and Firefox browser widgets.
The Library provides a filter to help you import references from the catalogue into your EndNote citation manager.
Get the access and attribute details to configure a Z39.50 client to search the Library catalogue.