Starting your search

Start from the Library catalogue search page.

  • Keep it simple and just choose a few words. If you can, use distinctive words in the title or a combination of words from the title and the author’s surname.
  • You don’t need to use the dropdown “All Fields” or “Add limits” options – there are lots of options for narrowing your results later.
  • The catalogue will search for exactly what you type in. If you are having difficulty finding an item, check your spelling, then try again.

Too many results?

  • If you get a large number of search results, use the Narrow search options (at the right of the page) to display only the items you’re interested in:
    • Select a particular format, subject, language or view online items.  
    • Select a decade to limit your results by publication or creation date.
    • You can add multiple formats as limits, for example books AND journals.
  • Look for the small icons in your search results list to see the format of each item.

Use subject headings

  • Once you’ve found the item you need, you can click on subject headings in the item’s Catalogue record to find other material related to that subject.


  • Although you can’t browse the Library’s shelves in person, you can use the Catalogue to browse by title, author, subject or Dewey number.
    • Select the Browse alphabetically tab and type your search terms in the search box. If you are browsing for a person’s name, type in their surname first.

Find a copy in another library

  • To check if an item in our collection is held in a library closer to you, use the Find in other libraries link.