TUC Library Collections, London Metropolitan University

Holloway Road Learning Centre,
London Metropolitan University,
236 Holloway Road,
London N7 6PP

The TUC Library is the major research library for the study of all aspects of trade unions and collective bargaining with both historical and contemporary coverage. The emphasis is on Britain, but many other countries are represented, especially Europe and the Commonwealth.

The core areas of the collection are reference and historical works on the trade union movement, union publications from the UK and overseas, documents relating to working conditions and industrial relations in various industries, and material collected from the wide-ranging campaigns and policy areas in which the TUC has been involved since its foundation in 1868.

A major strength of the Library are the large holdings of pamphlets from unions, pressure groups and campaign movements, collected from the 19th century onwards, which have survived here as in few other comparable libraries. Important research collections cover:- union activities, international affairs, labour biography, women workers, strikes, the Labour Party publications, the Communist Party and other political groups and campaigns. For more information see https://metranet.londonmet.ac.uk/services/sas/library-services/tuc/geninfo.cfm

18th-19th Century
20th Century
21st Century
Administrative history
Economic history
Gender history
Political history
Britain and Ireland