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Finding out where material is held

Books and journals

Please note: Birkbeck members will not usually have access to electronic journals in other libraries.

London area

  • Search25 searches for books and journals across academic libraries in the M25 area.
  • The Union List of Serials covers the journal holdings of University of London colleges, plus the University of Westminster. Once you have located a journal you are advised to check the catalogue of the holding library as the ULS does not always give full information.
  • London Libraries Consortium - search London's public libraries.

Further afield

  • COPAC searches the combined catalogues of the UK's major research libraries. Click here for a full list of the libraries covered.
  • SUNCAT includes journal information from over 60 UK libraries, including the British Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, some of the largest HE institutions in the UK and an increasing number of specialist libraries.
  • UK Public Libraries
  • WorldCat search in libraries around the world.


  • Archives Hub searches across the archive and manuscript collections in UK Higher Education institutions.

Special collections

  • MASC25 - Mapping Access to Special Collections in the London area.