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Subject Collections

Finding public libraries which specialise  - London's public libraries hold a broad range of titles and some have special collections or have collected particular subjects. Below is a rough guide to these subject specialisations.

Trying to locate a particular title?  You can use this guide to pre-select public library catalogues to search on the What's in London's Libraries pages, although please note that some books you find may not be on the open shelves and you should always contact the library in advance of making a visit.

 

List updated 05/04/2007

Subject

Library service

Africa - business and finance

City of London

African history

Bromley

African-Caribbean literature

Brent

Haringey

Lambeth

Richmond

Wandsworth

African-Caribbean history

Hackney. Three continents liberation collection

Haringey. Marcus Garvey Collection

Lambeth

Alzheimer's disease

Barnet

Ancient history

Bexley

Archery

City of London

Architecture

Harrow

Richmond

Architecture

Wandsworth

Art

Barnet

City of London

Hammersmith & Fulham

Hillingdon

Westminster

Asia - business and finance

City of London

Asia - geography

Bromley

Asian history

Bromley

Asian literature

Brent

Camden

Richmond

Wandsworth

Australia - business and finance

City of London

Australia - geography

Bromley

Australian history

Bromley

Biography

Kensington & Chelsea

Biology

Lewisham

Botany

Havering

Richmond

British history

City of London

Lewisham

Broadcasting

Westminster. Westminster Reference Library

Building

Harrow

Business & finance

City of London

Westminster

Haringey

Business History

City of London

Cancer

Barnet

Chemical engineering

Lambeth

Chinese

Westminster

Chinese business and finance

City of London

Cinema

Westminster. Westminster Reference Library

Civil engineering

Harrow

Clocks & clockmakers

City of London

Computers & data processing

Croydon

Costume

Kensington & Chelsea

Crime fiction

City of London

Westminster. Sherlock Holmes Collection

Criminology

Redbridge

Customs & folklore

Kensington & Chelsea

Design

Westminster

Early children’s books

Hammersmith & Fulham

Wandsworth

Wandsworth. G.A. Henty Collection

Economics

City of London

Croydon

Merton

Edward Thomas Collection

Wandsworth

English Literature

Bromley. H.G. Wells Collection

City of London. Charles Lamb Society Collection

English Literature

Wandsworth. William Blake Collection

English Local History

City of London

English poetry

Westminster

Ephemera

City of London

Ethics

Camden

European Business and finance

City o f London

European history & geography

Wandsworth

European literature: French literature

Tower Hamlets

European literature: German literature

Tower Hamlets

European literature: Italian literature

Tower Hamlets

European literature: Portuguese literature

Tower Hamlets

European literature: Spanish literature

Tower Hamlets

European Union

Bexley

European Union

Westminster

Family History & genealogy

City of London

Kensington & Chelsea

Sutton

Far East - business and finance

City of London

Far Eastern history

Bromley

Fire control

Redbridge

Food & wine

City of London. Andre Simon Collection

City of London. Elizabeth David Collection

Gardening history

City of London

Gay & lesbian interest

Croydon

Haringey

Geography

Bromley

Health

Haringey

Health

Westminster

Hebrew literature

Hackney

Heraldry

Kensington & Chelsea

History

Bromley

y

City of London. Sir Thomas More Collection

HIV/Aids collection

Hackney

Islam

Hackney

Jewish interest

Barnet

Hackney. Torah Collection

Haringey

John Wilkes

City of London

Journalism

Barking & Dagenham

Landscape

Richmond

Languages

Kensington & Chelsea

Law

City of London

Hammersmith & Fulham

Haringey

Westminster

Linguistics

Enfield

Lithography

Barking & Dagenham

London - business and finance

City of London

London & its history

Bromley. Crystal Palace Collection

City of London

Maps

City of London

Maritime history

City of London

Market Research

City of London

Music

Haringey

Westminster

Music history

City of London

City of London

Music scores

Hillingdon

Natural history

Ealing. Selborne Society Collection

Navigation

Sutton

North America - geography

Bromley

North America - business and finance

City of London

North American history

Bromley

Occult

Wandsworth

Oceania

Bromley

Overseas Business Information

City of London

Palaeontology

Havering

Parliamentary material

City of London

Performing arts

Westminster

Pest control

Redbridge

Philosophy

Camden

Photographs of London

City of London

Photography

Islington

Physics

Hillingdon

Plays

Hillingdon

Polish literature

Hackney

Politics

City of London. John Wilkes Collection

Printing

Barking & Dagenham

Psychology

Camden

Public health

Redbridge

Publishing

Barking & Dagenham

Religion

Hammersmith & Fulham

Religion other than Christianity

Westminster

Religion: Christianity

Hammersmith & Fulham

Lewisham

Samuel Pepys

City of London

Science & technology

Haringey. Heath Robinson Collection

Shorthand

City of London

Social welfare

Redbridge

Sociology

Barnet

Hammersmith & Fulham

South America - geography

Bromley

South America - Business and Finance

City of London

South American history

Bromley

South American literature: Brazilian literature

Tower Hamlets

Sports & games

Greenwich

Statistics - UK and Overseas

City of London

Theatre & musicals

Westminster. Westminster Reference Library

Thomas More

City of London

Town planning

Harrow

UK Official publications

City of London

Westminster

War and warfare

Westminster

World Business Information

City of London

World History

Merton

World War One

Wandsworth

World War Two

Wandsworth

If your interest is more academic, try using Find a Library which is a guide to university library collections in London