Video transcript: 'How to find things'
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There are different ways to find items in the Library but if you're not quite sure where to start why not try typing a word or phrase into the search box, for example 'making tweed'?
This helps you to find items from all of our collections relating to making tweed, from books and manuscripts to film clips and maps.
Now that you've found a selection of items on your topic you can see if there's any material you can view online.
Alternatively if you already know that you're looking for a printed book and have the title, the author or the ISBN number it may be more helpful to search our online catalogue. You'll find the link to it on this page.
If you'd like more information about what you can access remotely, watch video three 'Using the Library from home or work'.
If the items which you'd like to view are only available in print or paper format you'll need to visit the Library in person as we're not a lending library. For details on how to do this watch video 4 'Using the Library in person'.
Not everything held in the Library is catalogued on the website. So if you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us and we'll do our best to help you.
Paul Hambelton, Reference Services Division: 'There's a range of materials which we can use to help people find what they're looking for. There are printed indexes, there are printed bibliographies, more and more there are online resources which are changing daily, and one has to try and keep on top of them so that one knows what there is. The work which the curators do to collect is so good and so thorough that we've got practically everything that's published in the UK.'