Libraries on Copac

Introduction to the libraries

Copac is formed by merging the online library catalogues of major UK research libraries:

  • members of the Research Libraries UK (RLUK), including the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru.
  • Specialist research libraries, such as the National Art Library at the V&A.
  • Museum libraries, such as the library of the Natural History Museum.
  • Specialist databases, such as the Register of Preservation Surrogates.
  • Nationally important research collections held in academic libraries, such as the Russian and East European Studies collection at the University of Essex.

More library catalogues are being loaded in the future.

The presence of all the UK copyright libraries ensures broad coverage of UK materials, whilst the range and depth of the many research libraries and specialist collections makes Copac an ideal resource for tracking down hard to find documents or exploring materials on a particular subject.

Most libraries still have materials that are not recorded in their online catalogue, and are therefore not recorded on Copac. The situation is changing all the time a libraries carry out conversion of older catalogues. For full information on the collection coverage of any library's catalogue you need to check the library's own web site.

Contributing libraries list

The following lists the university and other libraries that contribute records to Copac. Each library name links to information about the library, including contact details and location.
If you wish to visit one of our contributing libraries you should check access arrangements. It is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the materials you need will be available.

A University of Aberdeen
B University of Birmingham, Bishopsgate Library, University of Bradford REES and Special Collections, University of Bristol, British Library, British Library Map catalogue, British Library Register of Preservation Surrogates, British Museum, British School at Rome
C University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge Colleges (Special Collections), University of Cardiff, Cathedral Libraries, Chetham's Library, City of London, Guildhall Library, Courtauld Institute of Art
D University of Durham
E University of Edinburgh, University of Essex REES & Latin American Collections, English Short Title Catalogue, University of Exeter
F French Institute
G University of Glasgow
H Henry Moore Institute, Humanist Library and Archives (Conway Hall Ethical Society)
I Imperial College London, Imperial War Museum, Institute of Education, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
K King's College London (KCL)
L Lambeth Palace, Lampeter Special Collections: See Trinity Saint David, University of Leeds, University of Leicester Special Collections, Leighton Library, University of Liverpool, The London Library, London School of Economics (LSE)
M University of Manchester, Mathematical Association, Middle Temple Rare Book and Manuscript Collection
N National Coal Mining Museum, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, National Maritime Museum, National Museum Wales/Amgueddfa Cymru, National Portrait Gallery Heinz Archive & Library, National Railway Museum, National Trust, Natural History Museum, University of Newcastle, University of Nottingham
O University of Oxford
P Paul Mellon Centre
QQueen Mary, University of London
R University of Reading Special Collections, Register of Preservation Surrogates (British Library), Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Academy of Music, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Royal College of Music, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Royal Society
S St. Andrews, St George's Chapel Library, Windsor Castle, School of Advanced Study (SAS), SOAS, University of London, Science Museum Library, Scott Polar Research Institute REES Collection (SPRI Cambridge), University of Sheffield, Society of Antiquaries of London, Society of Friends, University of Southampton
T Tate Library (Tate Britain), The National Archives Library, Trinity College Dublin, Trinity Saint David Special Collections
U UCL (University College London), University of London, Senate House Libraries
V V&A National Art Library
W University of Warwick, Wiener Library, Wellcome Library, Women's Library @LSE
Y York Minster Library, University of York
Z Zoological Society of London (ZSL) Library

If you wish to visit one of our contributing libraries you should check access arrangements. It is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the materials you need will be available.