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We’re pleased to announce that the holdings of the Royal Astronomical Society Library, Royal College of Art Library and Manchester Metropolitan University Library have been added to the Library Hub Discover service.

Royal Astronomical Society

The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) was founded in 1820, and encourages and promotes the study of astronomy, solar-system science, geophysics and closely related branches of science. It has more than 4,000 members, mainly professional astronomers and geophysicists, as well as students, amateur astronomers, historians of astronomy and geophysics, and others with an interest in geo- and astro-sciences.

Royal Astronomical Society Library
The Royal Astronomical Society Library

The Library was founded at the inception of the Society. It has been increased continuously by donation and purchase and is now one of the most comprehensive collections of astronomical and geophysical works. The Library holds about 25,000 bound volumes, with books dating from 1472 to the present day, including 53 incunables, and key works by Nicolaus Copernicus, Galileo Galilei, and Johannes Kepler. The library subscribes to 40 current journals, and holds over 3,000 non-current journals. There is a notable collection of star catalogues and star atlases.

The RAS archives contain institutional and membership records dating back to 1820, as well as the working papers of William, Caroline and John Herschel, and other leading 19th- and 20th-century astronomers. The RAS has a collection of over 3,000 astronomical glass plate photographs and lantern slides.

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

Royal College of Art

The RCA Library is an inspiring and invaluable resource to inform and enhance study, research, teaching and studio practice at the College.

Their collections include over 70,000 books on art and design and other complementary subjects reflecting the full range of activity at the RCA. They have current subscriptions to a variety of journals and magazines as well as a collection of older titles.

Their Special Collections & Archives include a photographic record of student work and the UK’s largest collection on the subject of colour – the Colour Reference Library. It also includes the RCA archive, which holds material relating to the history of the College, as well as other special collections and archives.

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

Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester Metropolitan University Library is at the heart of the University’s main campus. It’s a busy, modern library, set over six floors and it’s open 24/7 during term-time. Comprehensive collections include more than one million books, ebooks and journals which support learning, teaching and research in all subject areas. The team of expert librarians provide outstanding levels of support across five faculties and 37,000 students.

Manchester Metropolitan University Library
Manchester Metropolitan University Library

They are proud of their highly skilled, collaborative team and unique resources, which include the award-winning North West Film Archive, home of the moving image heritage of the North West of England, as well as their Special Collections which showcase the fine and decorative artifacts central to the University’s artistic culture and heritage. The recently opened Manchester Poetry Library is the fourth library of its kind in the UK and first within a university. It offers an extensive range of poetry in the many languages spoken in Manchester.

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

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