Libraries in the UK

We cannot list all the libraries in the UK holding Spanish resources. So before checking one of the larger libraries on this page, always search the catalogues of your University library first, and those which are in your neighbourhood. University libraries tend to have different specialisms depending on the research interests of the lecturers and researchers associated with the institution, so collections may vary considerably. Be creative when doing your research and use COPAC to locate your materials.

The British Library
The British Library is one of the world's most important libraries. It holds over 150 million items. You can search the catalogues and order copies of some documents online. You will also find many electronic resources. Access is free but you need to get a reader's pass. Photocopying, microfilming, photographic and digital services are available but be warned: charges are high. If you can copy the materials elsewhere, then do so. See the special webpages dedicated to the Hispanic Collections of the British Library.

Bodleian Library at Oxford
This is the main research library of Oxford University, and, in Britain, is second in size only to the British Library, having a stock of 6 million volumes. Admission is free to members of Oxford University, and to other bona fide scholars on production of a suitable letter of recommendation and proof of identity. Graduate students affiliated to universities and colleges funded by the higher education funding councils of the UK or the Republic of Ireland are exempt from payment.

Cambridge University Library
This library has more than 5 million books and more than 1.5 million serial volumes. For vacation access only your student ID is required, although during term time and for the section Manuscripts & Rare Books you have to produce a letter from your supervisor. Students from universities outside the UK are subject to an administration charge of £10 for six months.

The Taylor Institution Library (Oxford)
The Taylor Institution Library is devoted to modern languages and has a total stock of over 500,000 volumes - it is the largest specialist library in its field in the UK. Its collection concentrates on the literary and philological aspects of continental European culture, but also contains much background materials in fields such as history and philosophy.

John Rylands University of Manchester Library
You will find here holdings of specialized library collections, including manuscripts, early printed books, and rare materials.

University of London Library: Senate House
The University of London Library is one of the major academic libraries of the United Kingdom. Access is free for all postgraduates and you have to show proof of identity and get a card. However, lending rights are only given automatically to University of London students and staff. Anyone else has to pay a fee (there are various different categories). Photocopying (also onto CDs) is available at a reasonable rate.

British Film Institute Library
The BFI Library provides access to a large collection of documentation and information on film and television including Spanish films and scripts.

The National Art Library - Victoria and Albert Museum
NAL is both a major reference library and the Victoria and Albert Museum's curatorial department for the art, craft and design of the book, with a special collection of prints, drawings and paintings.

Institute for the Study of the Americas Library
The Library of the Institute of Latin American Studies/ University of London, maintains a collection of research and reference materials. It plays a leading role in the development of Latin American collections in the University of London, and in the European coordination of documentation on Latin America. The Library is open for reference purposes to all academic staff and postgraduate students of the University of London. Borrowing from the monograph collection is restricted to the Institute's staff and students.