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Library Hub Discover

Jisc Library Hub Discover exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of major UK and Irish libraries. In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s National Libraries (including the British Library), many university libraries, and specialist research libraries. This new service is being built on the Jisc National Bibliographic Knowledgebase, whilst the new interface development is part of wider Jisc Library Services redevelopment activity; see the Transformation Projects blog for more information about this work.

The pilot Discover service includes the catalogues of a limited number of libraries, as shown below, with new libraries being added regularly. The functionality of the pilot service is at an early stage and we will be adding new facilities gradually over coming months. In this initial release you can do a keyword search of the merged library catalogues, view results and details of materials found. For more information, see "What happens next" below.

Discover service: Libraries included in pilot

The catalogues of the following libraries are included in the initial release of the pilot Discover service.

University ofAberdeen Libraries
Aberystwyth University
Aga Khan Library, London
Bangor University
University ofBath
Birkbeck, University of London
University ofBirmingham Libraries
Bishopsgate Library
British Library
British Museum Library
British School at Athens
Brunel University London Library
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Chetham's Library
City, University of London
Cranfield University
Dundee University
Durham Cathedral Library
Durham University Libraries
University ofEdinburgh Libraries
Edinburgh Napier University
University ofExeter Libraries
French Institute
TheGeological Society
Glasgow Caledonian University
Henry Moore Institute Library
Historic England Library
Imperial College London Library
Institution of Civil Engineers
TheInstitution of Engineering and Technology
Institution of Mechanical Engineers Library
Leadhills Miners' Library
University ofLeeds Libraries
University ofLeicester Library
University ofLiverpool Libraries
TheLondon Library
London Metropolitan University
London School of Economics Library
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
University ofManchester Libraries
Manchester Public Libraries
National Aerospace Library
National Gallery Library
National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru
National Museums Scotland
National Portrait Gallery Library
National Railway Museum
National Trust Libraries
Natural History Museum Library
Newcastle University Libraries
Northumbria University
Open University
University ofOxford Libraries
Paul Mellon Centre Library
Queen Margaret University
Queen's University Belfast
University ofReading Library
Royal Academy of Music Library
Royal Asiatic Society
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Libraries
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Library
Royal College of Physicians of London
Royal Holloway, University of London
Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama / Coleg Brenhinol Cerdd a Drama Cymru
University ofSt Andrews Libraries
St. George's Chapel Library
Science Museum Library
University ofSheffield Libraries
Society of Antiquaries of London Library
Society of Friends
University ofSouthampton Libraries
University ofSussex Library
Swansea University
The National Archives Library
Trinity College Dublin Library
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
University College London Library
Ushaw College
University ofWales Trinity Saint David
Wellcome Library
Winchester College Fellows' Library
Wrexham Glyndwr University
University ofYork Libraries
York Minster

Library Hub Cataloguing

The Library Hub Cataloguing pilot allows eligible libraries to search and download MARC records for use in their local catalogue. This service is available through a web interface and Z39.50 connection, both of which require authentication. Access is available to current Library Hub contributors and Jisc members. To request access, please complete this form

Access the Library Hub Cataloguing service web interface

For more information, see "What happens next" below.

What happens next

This is a pilot service, with the full Library Hub Discover and Compare and Cataloguing services due to launch at the end of July 2019. Until the launch date we will be continuing to load the catalogues of contributing libraries to the Discover and Cataloguing pilot services, as well as adding data updates. We will be also be taking feedback on the interfaces and continuing to release new search facilities on the Discover pilot service.

Key dates:

  • Feb 4th 2019: pilot service launched
  • March 19 2019: community roadshow in Manchester
  • Library Hub staff will be at UKSG: April 2019
  • July 31st 2019: Library Hub Discover and Compare and Library Hub Cataloguing live service launch
  • July 31st 2019: Copac, CCM Tools, SUNCAT, and RLUK database functions now fulfilled by Library Hub Discover and Compare, and Library Hub Cataloguing

Contributing libraries

The following libraries have all supplied their catalogue for inclusion in the Jisc Library Hub and we are gradually adding these to the Discover service. Once a catalogue is loaded, updates will be added as they are supplied by the libraries. This list will be regularly updated as new libraries confirm their involvement and become contributors. This does not include many libraries who have confirmed their interest in participating but who are yet to supply a copy of their catalogue.

  1. Aberystwyth University
  2. Aston University
  3. Bangor University
  4. Bar Convent, Durham
  5. Bowes Museum
  6. Birkbeck, University of London
  7. Bishopsgate Institute
  8. British Library
  9. British Museum
  10. British School at Athens
  11. British School at Rome
  12. Brunel University
  13. Cardiff Metropolitan University
  14. Cardiff University
  15. Chetham's Library
  16. City, University of London
  17. Courtauld Institute of Art
  18. Cranfield University
  19. Directory of Open Access Books
  20. Durham Cathedral
  21. Durham University
  22. Edinburgh Napier University
  23. Energy Institute
  24. French Institute
  25. Geological Society
  26. Glasgow Caledonian University
  27. Glyndwr University
  28. Hathi Trust
  29. Henry Moore Institute
  30. Historic England
  31. Imperial College London
  32. Institute of Ismaili Studies
  33. Institution of Engineering and Technology
  34. Institution of Mechanical Engineers
  35. Keele University
  36. King's College London
  37. Leadhills Miners' Library
  38. Leeds Beckett University
  39. Liverpool John Moores University
  40. The London Library
  41. London Metropolitan University
  42. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  43. LSE
  44. Manchester Public Libraries, Special Collections
  45. National Gallery
  46. National Library of Wales
  47. National Museums Scotland
  48. National Portrait Gallery
  49. National Railway Museum
  50. National Trust
  51. Natural History Museum
  52. Newcastle University
  53. NHS Wales
  54. Northumbria University
  55. Open University
  56. Paul Mellon Centre
  57. Queen Mary, University of London
  58. Queen Margaret University
  59. Queen's University, Belfast
  60. Rothamsted Research
  61. Royal Academy of Music
  62. Royal Asiatic Society
  63. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
  64. Royal College of Music
  65. Royal College of Physicians
  66. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
  67. Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  68. Royal Holloway, University of London
  69. Royal Observatory of Edinburgh
  70. Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
  71. Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Culture
  72. Saint George's Chapel, Windsor
  73. Science Museum
  74. Sheffield Hallam University
  75. SOAS
  76. Society of Friends
  77. Swansea University
  78. The National Archives Library
  79. Trinity College Dublin
  80. Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  81. University for the Creative Arts
  82. University of Aberdeen
  83. University of Bath
  84. University of Birmingham
  85. University of Bristol
  86. University of Dundee
  87. University of East Anglia
  88. University of Edinburgh
  89. University of Exeter
  90. University of Glasgow
  91. University of Hull
  92. University of Leeds
  93. University of Leicester
  94. University of Liverpool
  95. University of London, Bibliographical Society Library
  96. University of London, Heythrop College
  97. University of London, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
  98. University of London, Institute of Classical Studies
  99. University of London, Institute of Historical Research
  100. University of London, Senate House
  101. University of London, Wallace Collection
  102. University of London, Warburg Institute
  103. University of Manchester
  104. University of Oxford
  105. University of Reading
  106. University of Sheffield
  107. University of Southampton
  108. University of South Wales
  109. University of St Andrews
  110. University of Sussex
  111. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David
  112. University of Warwick
  113. University of York
  114. Ushaw College
  115. Victoria and Albert Museum libraries
  116. Wellcome Trust
  117. Winchester College Fellows' Library
  118. York Minster

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