Finding aids

You can find details of most of our rare books in the main catalogue. However, some books are not recorded online, and you need other finding aids to order them. 

  • For pre-1501 books, use the Incunabula Short-Title Catalogue (ISTC)
  • For pre-1701 Scottish books, check the online edition of Aldis, 'A list of books printed in Scotland before 1701'
  • For pre-1701 British books, use the English Short-Title Catalogue (ESTC). You can also check the microfiche version of the Library's old card catalogue 
  • For most uncatalogued special collections basic lists or inventories are available from the Rare Books office. Check the directory of Special and Named Printed Collections for details.
  • For many books and collections we do not hold, digital and microfilm versions are available. You can access them through special finding aids.

For non-book materials like newspapers, postcards or theatre playbills, check the relevant collections pages for details of finding aids.


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