Archives Hub

The Archives Hub provides a gateway to thousands of the UK’s richest archives. Representing over 220 institutions across the country, the Archives Hub is an effective way to discover unique and often little-known sources to support your research.

ARLIS UK & Ireland Art & Design Periodicals Database

The service is designed to help users to locate art, architecture and design publications, plus related materials. The service currently includes a database of periodical titles (or magazines / journals / serials), a related directory of art library resources in general, and links to other sources of information. - Virtual Library for Art

The Virtual Library for Art ( contains text and image resources as well as comprehensive, academically relevant information dealing with all media from the Middle Ages up to the present.

Artists’ Paper Register

A searchable register of the papers of artists, designers and craftspeople held in publicly accessible collections in the United Kingdom and Ireland. - Virtual Catalogue for Art History

Virtual Catalogue for Art History (, formerly the VKK, is an international, specialised meta catalogue allowing the integrated retrieval of bibliographic records.

British Library Catalogues

With Explore the British Library you can search, view and order items from the main catalogue of nearly 57 million records, or search the contents of the Library's website.

Burns Scotland

The website of the National Burns Collection Partnership, formed in 2008. Burns Scotland collections are cared for by a network of museums, libraries, galleries, archives and other bodies. 


CAIRNS is the Co-operAtive Information Retrieval Network for Scotland. CAIRNS allows the simultaneous one-stop searching of the catalogues of multiple library collections of print and electronic resources held by Scottish libraries and information services for learning, teaching and research. Within this, UCABLIS is the Union Catalogue of Art Books in Libraries in Scotland. It includes the catalogues of members of the Scottish Visual Arts Group (SVAG).

Catalog of American Portraits

Search more than 100,000 portrait records from the Catalog of American Portraits (CAP), a survey of American portraits in public and private collections across the United States and abroad.


Copac supports researchers and information professionals by enabling them to search the catalogues of over 70 libraries at once, including the UK national libraries, University libraries, and specialist libraries.

Courtauld Institute of Art Libraries

The Courtauld’s Book Library provides access to a significant art historical collection and is one of the major international research collections of art historical books, periodicals and exhibition catalogues in the country, numbering some 180,000 volumes. It also houses the Witt and Conway Image Libraries, and the Photographic Survey of works of art in private collections in England, Wales and Ireland.

Edinburgh Central Library, Art Library

A public lending library in the heart of Edinburgh, devoted to art and craft subjects. Members of the Central Library can also access a range of online resources including Art Index and Grove Art Online, and the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography via the ‘Your Library’ section of the website.

Frick Art Reference Library

The Library of the Frick Collection in New York holds extensive book and photograph collections relating mainly to paintings, drawings, sculpture, and prints from the fourth to the mid-twentieth centuries by European and American artists. They have particularly strong holdings of rare auction and exhibition catalogues.

Heinz Archive & Library

The Archive & Library of the National Portrait Gallery in London is open by appointment to visitors who are interested in any aspect of British portraiture or in the history of the Gallery.

National Art Library Catalogue

The National Art Library at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is a major public reference library of fine and decorative arts of many countries and periods. It is open to the public as a reference library.

National Library of Scotland

The National Library of Scotland is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots. It is a major European research library, with collections of world-class importance. Members can also access a range of online resources, including JSTOR.

National Museum of Scotland Research Library

The Research Library is the largest museum library in Scotland. Following an extensive refurbishment programme, it is now open again to the public. Founded 230 years ago with its roots in the collections of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, it is now a modern research library with collections and services supporting and reflecting the strength and variety of the Museum’s objects, collections and research directions.

National Records of Scotland

The National Records of Scotland is an amalgamation of the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) and General Register Office for Scotland (GROS). The National Archives of Scotland holds historical records created by businesses, landed estates, families, churches and other corporate bodies.

Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art Library, Archives and Photographic Archive

Collections cover British painting, sculpture, drawing, prints, architecture and garden history from the sixteenth to the mid-twentieth century, as well as eighteenth-century British decorative arts.


The Royal Commission for Ancient and Historical Monuments in Scotland holds over 15 million drawings, photographs, negatives and manuscripts relating to Scotland’s archaeology, buildings and maritime heritage.


Serials catalogue for Scottish academic and research libraries.


SCAN (the Scottish Archives Network) maintains the,, and websites, as well as hosting sites for several associations and bodies with interests in Scottish archives and history.


Scran provides educational access to digital materials representing Scotland’s material culture and history.


The Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community is a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK.

Scotland’s People

One of the largest online sources of original genealogical information, Scotland’s People provides access to over 90 million records including Scottish census records, Scottish wills, birth certificates and death certificates.

Tate Library and Archive

The Hyman Kreitman Reading Rooms at Tate Britain are a dedicated space for research and creative thinking. All members of the public can access the exceptional and diverse Tate Library and Archive collections here.

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