Our library, which was founded in 1921, has always attempted to provide historical resources and bibliographic tools to the historical community and library professionals. From early listings of historical publications, in cooperation with the Library of Congress, acting as a clearing house for historical government publications for the House of Lords and the British Museum, and offering expertise on the 'migration of historical manuscripts', the library has played a role in the shaping of the information landscape that historical researchers now use in exciting ways.
As well as the extensive collections, subject-classified catalogue and extensive collection guides, we aim to support librarians connected to history collections, teaching and research, and have organised workshops in London and Manchester to help develop contacts between colleagues.
As part of the nationally-funded School of Advanced Study, we are pleased to have a role supporting research across the United Kingdom, as welcome visitors and colleagues from across the world. Many of our key British resources can be accessed online via British History Online. Our bibliographic data can be found on the Library Hub and our institutional archives catalogue will be able to be found on Archives Hub.
Where possible, we collaborate with others, for example in the UK Research Research, offering scans and copies of our holdings via Inter Library Loans, and organising the annual History Day for libraries and archives with Senate House Library.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss potential projects, shared resources, or simply a visit for your staff or colleagues.