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Finding books in libraries worldwide: WorldCat

Guide to using Library Hub Discover, Copac and other tools to find books and other material in other libraries in London

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WorldCat is global in its coverage, with over 10,000 libraries included, across the world. 

 

Details of some articles from databases such as JSTOR are included, though you will not be able to access these directly through WorldCat.  If you find an article like this you wish to read, search for it again in Summon.  

 

Begin by running a simple search (shown below - quote marks are useful, as in Summon) or following the link to advanced search.  

 

To the left of the results list, you will find all sorts of options for filtering those results. For instance, here are just some of the format options:

 

Once you have clicked through to a result from the list, there will be one or two options.

 

  is for finding hard copy in a library near your location.

 

  is for online access. This does not necessarily mean free access. If a log-in is needed, it's usually easiest to search for the item again in Summon. Of course, do contact the library if you need help.

 

ArtDiscovery searches the specialist art libraries within WorldCat only.  This means it does not search general libraries with significant collections about art.