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Short guides to our collections by subject

To help you get a taste of the Library’s collections in your field of study we have written a series of one-page subject guides.

English and Drama - PDF format 250.29 KB

From Shakespeare’s First Folio to live recordings of experimental theatre, you’ll find unique, fascinating and unexpected sources for your literary research.

History - PDF format 283.6 KB

The History and Classics collections bring together 3,000 years of manuscript, printed, archival and audio-visual resources about the history of Britain and the wider world.

Music - PDF format 225.05 KB

Our music collections span every musical genre and every corner of the globe, and range from from manuscripts to printed materials, wax cylinders to digital downloads.

Art and Design - PDF format 240.55 KB

We have a fascinating array of visual material from across the globe, such as Japanese woodcuts and Russian avant-garde postcards, as well as a wide range of resources for art history and theory.

Media, Communications and Culture - PDF format 344.03 KB

From 17th-century newspapers to punk ‘zines, pop videos to TV news, the British Library is home to a huge variety of sources for researching culture and the media.

We will continue to add to this list. Feel free to distribute these guides to students or colleagues.