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Social Science electronic resources: Library Catalogues

Except where stated, titles listed here are only available within the Library - access from outside the Library is not available for licensing reasons.

If you do not find the resource you are looking for, see the Library's complete listing of electronic resources in the British Library London Reading Rooms.

Library Catalogues | Gateways to Library Catalogues

Library Catalogues

Direct links to the catalogues of major research libraries, or of those specialising in the social sciences:

Title
Brief description
Format
British Library for Development Studies Europe's largest and most comprehensive research collection on development.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
British Library of Political and Economic Science, London School of Economics This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
COPAC Unified access to the catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
European Commission Library Catalogue Catalogue contains over 172,000 references to books, journal articles, conference proceedings and Internet resources. Searches can be conducted in English or French.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
European Library The European Library webservice is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 43 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Explore the British Library The British Library's main catalogue.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Institute of Education, University of London Webcat This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
Libraries Australia Search the combined catalogues of Australian libraries
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
Library of Congress Online Catalog This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
The National Archives This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
National Sound Archive, British Library This site is freely available on the Internet. Online resource
School of Advanced Study, University of London Includes the catalogues of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
SUNCAT Enables researchers and librarians to locate serials held in libraries throughout the UK. SUNCAT contains information on both print and electronic serials, including journals, periodicals, newspapers, newsletters, magazines, annual reports and other publications of a continuing nature.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource

Gateways to Library Catalogues

You can access more library catalogues through:

Title
Brief description
Format
WEBCATS: Library OPACs on the World Wide Web Provides links to all libraries with Web-based online public access catalogues. WebCat is arranged geographically, by type of Library and by library catalogue vendor.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource
List of National Library Catalogues (Wikipedia) Catalogues of National Libraries listed alphabetically by country.
This site is freely available on the Internet.
Online resource