Catalogue of the National Museums Scotland Library added to Copac

We are pleased to announce that the records of the National Museums Scotland Library have been added to Copac.

National Museums Scotland library

National Museums Scotland Library

National Museums Scotland library was founded over 235 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 reflecting the strengths and variety of the Museum’s collections and research interests. Subjects covered in the collection include:

  • Archaeology
  • Scottish history and culture
  • World-wide decorative and applied arts
  • Natural sciences
  • Scottish military history
  • History of science and technology

There are two libraries which have public access: the Research Library in the National Museum of Scotland (the main reading room) and the National War Museum Library at Edinburgh Castle.

For more information see the National Museums Scotland Library’s Copac information page. To browse their records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘National Museums Scotland Library’ from the list of libraries.

Catalogue of the Leadhills Miners’ Library added to Copac

We’re pleased to announce that the records of the Leadhills Miners’ Library have been added to Copac.

Leadhills Miners’ Library is the principal collection of the Leadhills Heritage Trust, which manages the library. The library was founded in 1741 as the Leadhills Reading Society; is both the first and earliest subscription library to be founded in Britain; and is also the world’s first library for working people. Its stock peaked at around 4000 volumes in the early 20th century, and today its 2500 surviving volumes represent a history of working class reading from the early 18th century until the 1930s. The collection demonstrates the development of working class reading: initially focusing on religion, before expanding to cover secular non–fiction (including history, voyages and travel, and biography) and then fiction. It includes 600 volumes purchased with grants from the Ferguson Bequest Fund between about 1870 and 1930, and is the largest surviving collection of its kind. The collection also includes local imprints, such as that of John Wilson of Kilmarnock, Robert Burns’s first publisher. The library functioned as a lending library until the 1960s and is now a closed reference and research collection.

The library is closely linked to the early lifelong learning ideology of mutual improvement and was the first library in Europe to make this connection, following the development of the idea in Philadelphia by Benjamin Franklin in 1731. It therefore played a key role in the development of information ideology in Europe. The principal users of the library were lead miners, whose favourable working conditions and high levels of literacy gave them time to read. The foundation of the library was linked to a programme of reforms in the village, originated by the mine manager and Jacobite intellectual, James Stirling of Garden (1692-1770).

The Leadhills library banner (c 1820)

The Leadhills library banner (c 1820)

The Library’s collections also include the earliest library banner in Britain (c 1820), which featured on the Antiques Roadshow in June 2017, and the largest collection of Bargain Books in Scotland. These record the short term contracts made between the mine managers and teams of miners. The collection has recently been digitised. The Library also possesses the only known example of a library pulpit where the library president (preses) sat while presiding over the monthly loan and return meetings. Some examples of printed catalogues are also held, including the last major catalogue of the library collection itself, listing 3800 volumes and printed in 1904. A modern catalogue was compiled in the 1980s and has formed the basis for the records now available through COPAC.

Leadhills also holds a collection of library artefacts, including ballot boxes for voting on accepting new members, membership certificates and printing plates for printing off membership certificates, and a printing plate for printing copies of the Library bookplate.

The Library had its own building prior to 1791 but its location is not known. The current building was erected in 1791 and is one of the oldest public library buildings in Scotland. It is essentially a miners’ cottage without internal divisions and demonstrates the influence of domestic architecture on library design. It is shelved on three sides with the fourth, north-facing, long wall providing fenestration and a door. It is mentioned in the Old Statistical Account.

The Library is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, May to September, 2-4 pm. Access at other times by appointment. Tours of the library and village are available for groups on request.

In the mutual improvement tradition the Library offers a monthly programme of lectures during the winter months and also occasional special lectures. Local community groups also meet in the Library.

John Crawford
Chair, Leadhills Heritage Trust

You can find out more about the library, including contact details, on their Copac information page. To browse the library’s records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘Leadhills Miners’ Library’ from the list of libraries.

Full catalogue of University of Wales Trinity Saint David added to Copac

We’re pleased to announce that the full catalogue of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Library has been added to Copac.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David Library

UWTSD Library and Learning Resources has campus libraries in Carmarthen, Lampeter, Swansea and London, which include a collection of over 500,000 printed volumes and provide access to approximately 20,000 electronic books and 50,000 electronic journals. The University’s special collections are held in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at Lampeter, which include over 35,000 printed works, featuring several medieval and post-medieval manuscripts.

For more information see the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Library’s information page on Copac.

To browse their records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘University of Wales Trinity Saint David‘ from the list of libraries.

Catalogues of Cardiff Metropolitan University Library and Brunel University London Library added to Copac

We are pleased to announce that the records of Cardiff Metropolitan University Library and the full holdings of Brunel University London Library have been added to Copac.

Cardiff Metropolitan University LibraryLibrary & Information Services (L&IS) are at the heart of the learning, teaching and research experience for students and staff at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Their two Learning Centres at the Llandaff and Cyncoed campuses house a vast collection of physical material covering all academic disciplines and research areas of Cardiff Met. The collection is complemented by significant and continued investment in electronic resources.

The library’s special collections relate to various areas of study within the Cardiff School of Art and Design, Cardiff School of Education and Cardiff School of Sport and Health Sciences.

For more information see Cardiff Metropolitan University Library’s information page on Copac.

To browse their records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘Cardiff Metropolitan University’ from the list of libraries.

Copac previously included the records for Brunel University London Library’s Special Collections. However this has now been expanded to include Brunel’s complete holdings.

Photograph of Mural by Joe Tilson in Brunel University Library

Mural by Joe Tilson in Brunel University Library (Image copyright: Brunel University)

Brunel University London Library is situated in the Bannerman Centre, at the heart of the Brunel University campus. Housed over four floors, the main library collection includes over 300,000 print books and other materials, as well as a large collection of online resources.

Special Collections at Brunel University London houses a variety of book and archival collections dating principally from the 19th century onwards, which have mostly been collected since the 1980s. They include comprehensive collections relating to transport history (particularly railways), the history of tunneling under the English Channel, and working class autobiographies. Other themes are poetry and dialect, Shakespeare authorship and issues around equality and advocacy (including disability history and anti-apartheid campaigning).

For more information see Brunel University London Library’s information page on Copac.

To browse or limit your search to Brunel’s holdings, select the Main Search tab in Copac and choose ‘Brunel University London’ from the list of libraries.

Catalogue of the National Gallery Library added to Copac

We are pleased to announce that the records of the National Gallery Library have been added to Copac.

National Gallery Library

The National Gallery Library

The library was established in 1870 with the purchase of the private library (consisting of some 2,000 volumes) of the late Sir Charles Eastlake, first Director of the National Gallery. It now contains around 100,000 printed volumes relevant to the study of the history of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the early 20th century.

The library’s holdings include: monographs, catalogues raisonnés, exhibition catalogues, and pamphlets; works on iconography; permanent and private collection catalogues from the United Kingdom and elsewhere; early guidebooks and source works consisting of a few thousand published before 1850; catalogues of picture sales from major auction houses and commercial dealers; and over 250 periodical titles, of which 150 are current.

For more information see the National Gallery Library’s information page on Copac.

To browse their records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘National Gallery Library’ from the list of libraries.

Catalogue of Historic England Library added to Copac

We are pleased to announce that the records of the Historic England Library have been added to Copac.

Rare books at the Historic England Library

Rare books at the Historic England Library

The Historic England Library contains extensive collections on the archaeology and architecture of England. Contents date from the late 1500s up to the present day, with parts of the collection inherited from The Ministry of Works. This includes the Mayson Beeton Collection, a collection of some 830 books focused on London and its surroundings, dating from 1633 to 1940.

Other collection strengths include long runs of national and county periodicals, and material collected on specific geographic areas.

The Library contains approximately 60,000 book titles, reports, pamphlets, etc., along with 1200 periodical titles, of which c.400 are active. The collection is reference only.

The Historic England catalogue also includes records for titles freely downloadable from the Historic England Research Report Series gateway and the Historic England publications database.

For more information see the Historic England Library’s information page on Copac.

To browse their records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘Historic England’ from the list of libraries.

Catalogue of Sheffield Hallam University Library added to Copac

We’re pleased to announce that the records of Sheffield Hallam University Library have been added to Copac.

Photo of Adsetts Library, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Library, City Campus, Sheffield Hallam University

The history of the University can be traced back to 1843 when the Sheffield School of Design was founded. In 1969 a number of colleges merged to form Sheffield City Polytechnic. In 1992 it became Sheffield Hallam University. More information about the history of the institution can be found here: www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/our-history.

Sheffield Hallam University’s Library Service holds over 520,000 physical books, 207,000 e-books and 74,000 e-journal titles in its collections. The service is delivered over two libraries, one at each campus.

The Adsetts Library, based at City Campus, is the largest library and houses material that supports the wide range of subjects taught on the campus. It also houses a number of special collections.

The Collegiate Library is approximately 1 mile from the city centre and houses material that supports the teaching at Collegiate Campus. This is primarily nursing and allied health, psychology, law and sports sciences.

Collection areas include:

  • The Teaching Practice collection
  • The TESOL collection
  • The Special Collection (includes a Festival of Britain collection and material related to the Sheffield School of Art)
  • The Readership and Literary Cultures Collection
  • Film Studies, and Art and Design material
  • The Corvey Collection

For more information see Sheffield Hallam’s library information page on Copac.

To browse their records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘Sheffield Hallam University’ from the list of libraries.

Birkbeck, University of London Library catalogue added to Copac

We’re pleased to announce that the holdings of Birkbeck, University of London Library have been added to Copac.

Photo of Birkbeck, University of London Library

Photo of Birkbeck, University of London Library

Spread across five floors of the main Birkbeck building in Bloomsbury, central London, this richly-resourced library holds more than 300,000 items covering subjects including applied linguistics, economics, mathematics and statistics, law, psychology and Victorian studies, as well as offering a wealth of online resources.

You can find out more about the library on their Copac information page, and see descriptions of their archival collections at the Archives Hub.

To browse or limit your search to its holdings, select the Main Search tab in Copac and choose ‘Birkbeck, University of London Library’ from the list of libraries.

Catalogue of London Metropolitan University added to Copac

We’re please to announce that the records of London Metropolitan University have been added to Copac.

London Metropolitan University, Aldgate Library

Library Services at London Metropolitan University operate across 3 sites:

  • Holloway Road Library contains Human Sciences, Languages and Social Sciences material
  • Aldgate Library contains Art, Architecture and Design, and Business and Law material
  • Special Collections holds collections such as the Frederick Parker Collection, the Archive of the Irish in Britain, and the Trades Union Congress Collection.

For more information see their Copac library page.

To browse their records, select the Main Search tab on Copac and choose ‘London Metropolitan University’ from the list of libraries.

Catalogues of Bangor University Library and Northumbria University Library added to Copac

We’re pleased to announce that the holdings of Bangor University Library and Northumbria University Library have been added to Copac.

Photograph of Bangor University Library

Bangor University Library

Bangor University Library holds an extensive range of print and electronic resources, and also has one of the largest university-based archives in the UK, cared for by its internationally recognised Archives and Special Collections department.

The service is housed over four libraries:

  • Main Library – holds collections for Arts, Languages, Humanities, Social Sciences, Music, Law, the Welsh Library, and is the location of the Archives and Special Collections department.
  • Deiniol Library – holds collections for Sciences, Psychology and Healthcare Sciences. Also kept here is a large collection of Ordnance, Soil and Geological Survey maps.
  • Normal Library – holds materials related to Education, Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences and collections of children’s books.
  • Wrexham Library – holds materials on Nursing, Midwifery, Radiography and Healthcare Sciences.

You can find out more about the library on their Copac information page, and see descriptions of their archival collections at the Archives Hub.

Northumbria University Library holds comprehensive digital and print collections, comprising over 550,000 print books, over 822,000 ebooks and in excess of 108,000 online journals and print journals.

The service is housed over three libraries:

  • City Campus Library – is the largest of the libraries and houses collections that support all of the subjects that are taught at City Campus. The library has been extensively refurbished since 2013.
  • Coach Lane Library – based on the east side of Coach Lane Campus, and houses collections that support all of the subjects that are taught at Coach Lane Campus.
  • Law Practice Library – situated within City Campus East and is located on the first floor of the CCE1 Building (Business and Law), and it houses a reference collection of law resources, including textbooks, law reports and journals.

You can find out more about the library on their Copac information page.

To browse or limit your search to the holdings of either library, select the Main Search tab in Copac and choose the library name from the list of libraries.