New Libraries

Copac currently contains the catalogues of the RLUK member libraries plus an increasing range of special libraries, other specialist databases and collections.

We are in the process of establishing new catalogue additions for 2016 and will include details here once they are agreed.

  • Science Museum Library
    The Science Museum’s world-class library collections chart the world-wide development of science, engineering and medicine from the fifteenth to the twenty-first century. Holdings include academic and scholarly works, textbooks and popular works in English and other European languages, and books on the history and biography of science, technology and medicine and their social impact. Around 5800 books are available at the Dana Research Centre and Library in London, but nearly all of the collections are stored at the Science Museum’s Wroughton facility, near Swindon, and selected items can be transported to the library in London for consultation there. The Library also holds significant collections of journals, British patents, trade literature and other ephemera. The Science Museum Library's catalogue will be available again through Copac in the near future, after a temporary absence caused by a change in the way the records were supplied.
  • RUSI Library of Military History
    The Royal United Services Institute Library of Military History is a unique collection of national historical and cultural importance. The collection is dedicated to developing our knowledge of war and shaping theoretical approaches to modern military thinking. Open to members and non-members by appointment, the collection’s strengths include eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first century military affairs and extensive collections on Crimea, The Boer War, the Napoleonic campaigns, World War I, World War II, The Cold War and many other historic events.
  • Horniman Museum Library
    The Horniman Museum Library collection covers a wide spectrum of subject areas, guided by the remit of the museum: natural history, anthropology and musical instruments. The collection contains books from the 16th Century through to the present day. Holdings range from academic texts to accounts by early explorers and illustrated monographs. The collection, which originated with Frederick Horniman's own book collection, has been added to by subsequent directors, curators and librarians and now amounts to some 30,000 volumes.
  • IIS-ISMC Library
    The IIS-ISMC Library is the joint library of the Institute of Ismaili Studies and the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (Aga Khan University). It holds approximately 42,000 items related to the study of Muslim societies and cultures as well as Islamic Studies. The collection includes books, serials, sound recordings, films, as well as rare and out-of-print materials.