How you use LibrarySearch

What's new

  • Millions of open access View PDF links added to LibrarySearch from Unpaywall - July 2020
  • The My Account area has a new design - June 2020
  • Harvard citations now use cite them right 10th edition - Jan 2020
  • Children’s books can be selected using the Audience filter, choose ‘Juvenile’ - Dec 2019
  • We improved the ‘Refine This Search’ area e.g. we moved the popular filters to the top - Dec 2019
  • You can pay fines and fees online via My Account - June 2019

What is LibrarySearch?

LibrarySearch is a powerful search engine that allows you to carry out expansive, cross-disciplinary searches. It searches many of the Library's collections together so you get a single set of results and can be used to explore material from libraries worldwide. This makes it a great starting point for a literature search and a useful source of inspiration for expanding your research.

When you just need a book...

You can use LibrarySearch to find anything held in our libraries.

When you want to read online...

You can use LibrarySearch to find and access the majority of our electronic books, journals and articles.

When you are ready to expand your research...

You can use LibrarySearch to look beyond our collections to access open material or view the collections of other libraries.

LibrarySearch uses the WorldCat Discovery software from OCLC. It is also the force behind our Database Collections list and Journals A to Z list. LibrarySearch connects to our online reading lists and you can also use it to manage your library account, pay fees, save searches and more.

Get help


Known issues

  • Some journal articles that we don’t own do not show the Interlibrary Loan button. Please use the manual Create Request form in My Account.
  • My Account, Profile changes do not apply. The library will always write to you using your Brookes email. At present the Profile settings are only for interlibrary loan communication.
  • Dates appear in US format: This is owing to the web browser language settings. Switch your browser language to UK english to see UK date formats in LibrarySearch.