Specialist libraries and catalogues

There are opportunities to use the various reference and specialist libraries in London. Check individual details for visitor access.

The British Library

The British Library is a reference library offering access to material not available elsewhere. See details on getting access and their admittance criteria and how to get a reader's pass.

Check out some of the resources available at the British library.

Access to Research Scheme

Over 10 million academic articles are available, free of charge, in libraries participating in the Access to Research scheme

Use Find a Library to search for a public library near you as they may have some of the resources you need for your studies and also some computers to use.

City of London Libraries

This site allows you to search the collections and community information resources of a range of libraries, museums and archives across London.

City Business Library

Provides free access to business information sources including market research, UK and international directories, reports of international organisations and periodicals. 

Guildhall Library 

Holds the "The Stock Exchange" and "Lloyd’s of London" archives and printed collections and "The City of London Livery Company" archives.

COPAC provides free access to the merged online catalogues of 24 major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland PLUS the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and the National Library of Wales.

Search25 helps you discover library resources across London and the South East. One search will access the library catalogues of world-renowned institutions and specialist collections within the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries.

SUNCAT is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community, a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate academic scholarly journals held in the UK. No registration or subscription necessary.

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