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With more than one million books and periodicals in over 50 languages, the collection includes works from the 16th century to the latest publications in print and electronic form.


On 20th July we will be launching a new look to our website which we hope will help make the site much easier to navigate.

Familiar sections are still here but are easier to find. Members will continue to be able to link through to Catalyst to search our catalogue, electronic publications, databases and journals, but we’ve added more information on what’s in the Library, and how members can make the most of the services we offer. We’ve updated content across the site and made it easier to find out about membership, the latest news and events and how to support the Library.

New visitors should benefit from improved signposting to the main sections and the new layout should make it much easier for mobile users.

We hope you like it and would welcome any feedback you have.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Bill Bryson


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