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Cathedral Libraries Catalogue and more University Libraries added to Discover

We’re pleased to announce that the holdings of the Cathedral Libraries Catalogue, Birmingham City University and the University of the Arts London have been added to the Discover service.

Cathedral Libraries Catalogue (pre-1701 European books)

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The Cathedral Libraries database is not a current catalogue of the cathedral holdings. It represents an electronic version of the following book:

M.S.G. McLeod, ed., and completed K.I. James and D. J. Shaw. The Cathedral Libraries Catalogue: Books printed before 1701 in the Libraries of the Anglican cathedrals of England and Wales: Volume II (Books printed on the Continent of Europe before 1701 in the libraries of the Anglican Cathedrals of England and Wales). London: Bibliographical Society and the British Library, 1984.

This includes details of materials printed on the continent of Europe before 1701 and held in the libraries of 37 Anglican Cathedrals of England and Wales. Records for Cathedral Libraries books printed in the British Isles and British America and English books printed elsewhere are included in the English Short Title Catalogue.

The Cathedral Libraries catalogue is a ‘historic’ catalogue representing the holdings of the cathedrals during the mid to late twentieth century when it was first created, so there is no guarantee that all the books in the catalogue are still in their original location: notably the library of Ely Cathedral was sold in 1972. For access to materials recorded on the catalogue it is important to contact the relevant cathedral library to ensure the document is available and to check access arrangements.

Find out more about the library on their Discover information page.

Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University Libraries
Birmingham City University Libraries

Library and Learning Resources has four libraries: Curzon, Mary Seacole, School of Art and School of Jewellery. Each of these contains a wealth of printed material to support the course taught at their respective campus. A variety of study space is available.

* Curzon Library is the biggest library, with two floors of books, journals and AV resources supporting the faculties of Business, Law and Social Sciences, Arts, Design and Media (including the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire), and Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.

* The Mary Seacole Library is a large library supporting the Health, Education and Life Sciences faculty, with a vast collection of books, journals, and teaching materials, as well as specialist subject support.

* The School of Art Library based at the historic Margaret Street campus, supports the fine art courses taught at the Birmingham School of Art.

* The School of Jewellery Library is based at 10 St Paul’s Square in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. The library supports jewellery, silversmithing and horology courses.

Find out more about the library on their Discover information page.

University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London logo
University of the Arts London logo

University of the Arts London consists of six colleges, each with their own library. Collections include over 500,000 printed items, including books, exhibition catalogues and number of archive collections. The Archives and Special Collection Centre, based at London College of Communication holds collections dedicated to renowned graphic artists, filmmakers and designers, including the archives of Stanley Kubrick, Tom Eckersley and Her Noise.

Other material held or available includes over 17,000 electronic books, 60,000 electronic journals, and almost 200 online databases.

Our constituent colleges are: Camberwell College of Arts (offering courses in design and fine art), Central Saint Martins (a world-famous arts and design college), Chelsea College of Arts (with a focus on curating, fine art, graphic design communication, textile, product and interior design), London College of Communication (a pioneering world leader in creative communications education), London College of Fashion (a world leader in fashion design, media and business education) and Wimbledon College of Arts (which offers a range of performance courses).

Find out more about the library on their Discover information page.

Explore the libraries’ collections on Discover

– Selecting the search code to the right of each library name on the About page enables you search for all the records from an individual library.

– To browse or limit your search to the holdings of any library, or group of libraries, use Advanced Search to select the Libraries tab and choose the library name from the list of libraries.

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