External Library Catalogues

External Library Catalogues

These databases and OPACs (Online Public Access Catalogues) are ideal for both researchers who wish to find sources on particular subjects and librarians to assist with bibliographic record and subject heading creation. Full-text art research sources can be found via our eJournal pages and online resources

JISC Library Hub

Shows print and digital holdings of principle research libraries in the UK and Ireland. A very useful tool for libraries as bibliographic records. Can be compared and cross-referenced to help enhance internal records. It's also a helpful site for researchers to discover new sources or the location of particular material of interest.

Library of Congress

The U.S. Library of Congress Online Catalogue provides access millions of catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources. The Library of Congress Authorities database offer subject headings and are considered an international standard.

OCLC: WorldCat

OCLC is an American not for profit cooperative organisation which produces and maintains WorldCat, the largest Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) in the world, as well as the Dewey Decimal Classification system. WorldCat Discovery allows library patrons to use a single search interface to access multiple catalogues, eBooks, and database subscriptions. Searches are linked to a user’s geographic location to provide resources which are physically close by.

The Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus

The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) is a controlled vocabulary used for describing items of art, architecture, and material culture. The AAT is a structured vocabulary of over 55,000 concepts, including 131,000 terms, descriptions, bibliographic citations, and other information relating to fine art, architecture, decorative arts, archival materials, and material culture.

Shared Research Repository

Repository where you’ll find research produced by staff of the British Library and current partner organisations including the British Museum, MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), National Museums Scotland, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, and Tate.


Early Modern Festival Books Database

The Early Modern Festival Books Database presents more than 3000 festival books published between 1500 and 1800 in 12 languages. These are printed accounts commissioned by kings and princes, by cities, and by the church to record various events such as coronations, weddings, victory and peace celebrations, canonizations of saints and more. Some are illustrated, but many consist of a plain prose account of the festival concerned.

Incunabula Short Title Catalogue (ISTC)

An international database of 15th-century European printing created by the British Library with contributions from institutions worldwide.

Heritage of the Printed Book (HPB) Database

Ideal for researching rare printed books, the HPB Database is a steadily growing collection of files of catalogue records from major European and North American research libraries covering items of European printing of the hand-press period (c.1455-c.1830). 

The Met Library

Thomas J. Watson Library is the Met's research library holding a collection of more than one million volumes, extensive digital collections, and online resources making it one of the world's most comprehensive art libraries.