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Exploring the collections: video guides

Our collections are full of fascinating, unexpected and unique items, from manuscripts to maps, political archives to punk 'zines. These short video guides trace the different paths that an academic and a designer could take through the collections.

You can also watch a series of guides to help you start using the Library.

For academic researchers

Use our Help for Researchers pages to find out about our collections in your discipline, or search our catalogue to order items to view in the Library’s Reading Rooms. If you have any questions, you can ask our Reference Teams.

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For designers, makers and creative businesses

The Library is a great place for creative inspiration; our collections are a treasure trove of beautiful items. You can see many of our images online, or come into the Reading Rooms to start exploring the collections. Visit the Inspired by… blog for a creative look at the Library.

Through our award-winning Business & IP Centre you can research your market and competitors and learn about crucial business topics such as marketing and finance.

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Recording in ‘Exploring the collections: The Researcher’ is 'Boys in khaki, boys in blue' sung and recorded by Frank Jones in 1984, part of the Roy Palmer collection.

Birdsong recording in ‘Exploring the collections: The Designer’ is a Blackbird, listen to other wildlife sounds on our Sounds site.