English Short Title Catalogue

Contact details

Website: http://estc.bl.uk E-mail: estc@bl.uk Tel: 020 7412 7607

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About the English Short Title Catalogue

We do not load the ESTC catalogue into Copac, instead we search the ESTC catalogue at the British Library alongside Copac, so you get results from both catalogues in your Copac search results. This does cause some search problems, for example the author search on ESTC does not provide the same support as the Copac author search. These search issues are noted in the Copac help screens.

The ESTC catalogue includes details of materials published between c.1473 and 1800, largely English language publications from Britain and America. It includes letterpress books, pamphlets, newspapers, serials, and a variety of ephemera:

  • printed before 1801;
  • printed in the British Isles, Colonial America, United States of America (1776-1800), Canada, or territories governed by England or Britain before 1801, in all languages;
  • printed in any other part of the world, wholly or partly in English or other British vernaculars;
  • or with false imprints claiming publication in London, in any language.

The ESTC catalogue is available online.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? You will need to contact the holding library for information. Copies of material may be available.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Contact the holding library for information