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More Specialist Libraries added to Discover

We’re pleased to announce that the holdings of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Royal Horticultural Society Libraries, National Museum of the Royal Navy Library and Society of Genealogists Library have been added to the Library Hub Discover service.

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Library aims to support members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in their practice by providing easy access to the best resources. Items in the Rare Books collection and specific reference material are not available for loan, but can be viewed at the College by appointment.

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

International Anthony Burgess Foundation

Partial profile of Milton Hebald’s bust of Anthony Burgess, photographed in the Burgess Foundation’s reading room in Manchester
Partial profile of Milton Hebald’s bust of Anthony Burgess, photographed in the Burgess Foundation’s reading room in Manchester.

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation cares for a library and archive relating to the life and work of Anthony Burgess, the core of which was donated by Burgess’s widow, Liana, in 2003 from their homes in Bracciano, London, Lugano and Monaco.

The Burgess Foundation’s book collection consists of more than 8000 volumes, most of which formed Burgess’s private library. The books were acquired by Burgess and his family at a variety of different times and for a variety of reasons. Some books date from the period of Burgess’s school and university studies in Manchester in the 1920s and 1930s; some were sent to Burgess as gifts and document his wider interactions and friendships; some were acquired through Burgess’s role as a literary critic and reviewer; and some served as key reference texts for novels and other projects that Burgess worked on. The high number of works by James Joyce, William Shakespeare, DH Lawrence, and Vladimir Nabokov, among others, in the library reveal particularly favoured authors.

Find out more about the library in our Feature and on their Discover information page.

Royal Horticultural Society Libraries

The Royal Horticultural Society libraries hold the world’s finest collection of books and printed materials on gardening. The collections focus on horticulture and allied subjects, and include archives, photography and botanical art.

Royal Horticultural Society Library
Royal Horticultural Society Library.

The libraries are situated at three main sites:

  • Vincent Square, London
  • RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr, near Harrogate in North Yorkshire

Additionally there are Library Reading Rooms at:

  • RHS Garden Rosemoor in Devon
  • RHS Garden Hyde Hall in Essex

The RHS has had a library since its foundation in 1804 and has actively collected publications that relate to the science, art and practice of horticulture. The library staff care for rare books which date back to 1514 and have built a large collection of botanical and horticultural publications from before 1800.

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

National Museum of the Royal Navy Library

Specialist collection relating to the epic story of the Royal Navy, its impact on Britain and the world from its origins in 625 A.D. to the present day. Collections date from 1640 to the present, including the history of the Corps of the Royal Marines, the Fleet Air Arm and Submarine Service. The library does not contain Ministry of Defence classified material.

Find out more about the library on their Discover information page

Society of Genealogists Library

The Society of Genealogists’ library and archive is the UK’s foremost family history centre for the study of genealogy and related subjects such as biography, topography, local history, prosopography and heraldry. Founded in 1911, the Society brings together in one place an unrivalled collection of unique assets for the study of genealogy. The collection comprises of primary and secondary sources, in the form of original documents, research papers, books, periodicals, microforms and digital data. Some records are unpublished manuscripts that one will not find elsewhere.

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

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