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Planning Library Research

Institutions & collections

It is unlikely that your home library will hold all of the resources relevant to your research. You may need to consult a wider range of resources by exploring collections in related disciplines and collections in other libraries and institutions, both in the UK and abroad if necessary. You should always contact a library before you visit for the first time to check that you are entitled to access.

You may want to visit:

  • Academic libraries
  • National libraries
  • Museums and Art galleries
  • Government libraries
  • Special libraries
  • Archives and Records Offices
  • Special Collections within libraries

The following page provides you with an overview of these different types of collections and institutions with links to the more detailed help on accessing and using them found in the planning your library visits section of this tutorial.

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