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 and will include details here once they are agreed.

  • Institute of Naval Medicine - Historic Collections Library
    The Historic Collections Library of the Institute of Naval Medicine is one of the few collective resources for naval medical history, holding books that were the working collection of the naval surgeons and physicians at the Royal Naval Hospitals of Haslar (Gosport) and Stonehouse (Plymouth), with a few titles from other naval establishments. As well as medical coverage, there is material on all areas of natural history, but especially medical botany, and on ethnology and voyages of traval and exploration, including Polar exploration. The bulk of the collection was accumulated between 1828 and 1878, although the earliest book dates to 1564 and there are many 17th- and 18th-century medical texts; a bequest from one naval surgeon accounts for a scatter of early 19th-century European literature.
  • Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library
    The Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Library is a specialist reference and lending collection focussing on horticulture, gardening and their allied subjects. The library is situated at two main sites: in central London and at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey. The London and Wisley sites have different subject focuses. The London collection, which includes lending items, concentrates on garden history, the history and folklore of plants, works on herbals and medicinal plants, modern and historical garden design and the history and techniques of botanical art. It also includes the largest collection of books on flower arranging in the UK. London is also home to the majority of the library’s rare books collection. This collection dates back to 1514 and includes early herbals, early works on gardening, garden design and natural history, plus a substantial number of 18th and 19th century illustrated works on cultivated and wild plants. London also holds a large collection of current and historical periodicals focussing on gardening, garden history and related subjects.
  • National Museums Scotland Library
    Founded over 230 years ago with its roots in the collections of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, the library collection now consists of over 300,000 volumes, embracing both modern research material and items over 500 years old. Our periodicals collection comprises over 400 titles, including e-journals. The library collection at the National War Museum located in Edinburgh Castle concentrates on the Scottish experience of war and military service from 1660 to the present day. The library holds the National Museums Scotland archives which includes museum registers, correspondence, scrapbooks, posters, original plans, illustrations, photographs and ephemera. The historical archives of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland are also in the care of the Library, including unpublished manuscript material from the Fellows of the Society.
  • Salvation Army International Heritage Centre
    The International Heritage Centre tells the story of The Salvation Army from its origins in the 1860s to the present, both in the UK and internationally. The Heritage Centre collects, preserves, catalogues, researches and makes accessible material about the life and work of The Salvation Army. Their collections form a reference library, archive and museum.