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How you use LibrarySearch

What's new

  • Get new results by email with Search alerts - Sept 2023
  • Improved screen reader support. Navigate search results using headings - Aug 2022
  • Track your returned items in Borrowing history - Aug 2022
  • LibrarySearch can display your search history - Mar 2022
  • LibrarySearch new design - July 2021
  • Article browsing with BrowZine on many recent articles - Nov 2020
  • More direct links to content via 'View PDF' links from LibKey Discovery - Nov 2020
  • Millions of open access View PDF links added to LibrarySearch from Unpaywall - July 2020

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

  • Using Safari browser, searches do not complete or access options will not load. Please update to the latest version of Safari or try a different browser.
  • 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: Change your web browser default language to UK English to fix this.