Where to start
The best place to start your research is with an All Catalogues search. In this catalogue you will find references to books, journals, archives, manuscripts, pictures, film and audio. In some cases, you may find digital versions to view online.
The All Catalogues search will tell you:
- detailed information about what we hold
- if the items are available
- whether they are on open shelves or in closed stores
- location and shelfmark.
Open access books and journals
Approximately 150 000 books and journals are available for browsing on open shelves and are arranged by subject. The location and shelfmark from the catalogue record will tell you where to find the items in the Library.
Closed stores materials
Most items in the Library’s collections are held in closed stores and must be ordered in advance. These include archives and manuscripts, ephemera, art, videos and DVDs, audio recordings, books and journals.
Find out more about Request and delivery
Parts of the Library’s collections are not listed in the online catalogues. If you are looking for something in Asian manuscripts and printed books or the Art Collection, printed catalogues may help identify uncatalogued materials for your research.
Further information about our catalogues
If you need advice on how to get started, ask at the Library Enquiry Desk or contact us.