Imperial War Museum Collections

Contact details

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About the collections

The Imperial War Museum Collections Access is a unique national reference library on twentieth and twenty-first century conflict involving Britain and Commonwealth countries. The collection includes unit histories, technical manuals, biographies, autobiographies, and publications on the military, economic, social and cultural aspects of war.

Holdings include newspapers, trench journals, propaganda leaflets, prisoner of war material, and pamphlets such as those issued by the War Office and the Ministry of Information, alongside significant holdings of grey literature, maps, and ephemera. Among the very rare and unique holdings are a collection of 789 First World War German Unit Histories (in German), and a collection of over 2000 Luftwaffe Target Folders

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Imperial War Museum, London: F

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? No. The Imperial War Museum Collections Access is a national refernce library, so items are not available through inter-library loan.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes. The Research Room is open Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 5.00pm, by appointment only. However, as our books stack is currently being refurbished parts of our collection may be unavailable. Anyone wishing to consult our collections must contact Library staff to confirm availability. More information on accessing the collections is available on the website.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the Imperial War Museum's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


Imperial War Museum data on Copac

Example record from the Imperial War Museum:

We kept the secret : now it can be told; some memories of Pembroke V Wrens / collected and edited by Gwendoline Page.
  Published: Wymondham, Norfolk : Geo. R. Reeve 2002

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.