For Fellows

The Library remains closed to all visitors. We will begin a phased reopening on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8th September. The new opening hours will be from 11am to 1pm and from 2pm to 4pm. Advanced booking is essential as spaces will be limited. To book a visit please email [email protected], specifying the material you wish to consult.

We will continue to provide a weekly postal loans and photocopying service to Fellows, and to respond to enquiries sent to [email protected]. All current loans have been renewed until 19 October 2020. Please do not post any book returns until October.


All Fellows can access the Society’s subscription electronic resources from home through the Library catalogue. These include around 80 individual journal titles, databases (such as ODNB, Who’s Who, Grove Art Online), and 5 Arts & Sciences journal collections on JSTOR (collectively totalling over 750 journal titles).

You will first need to have activated your Fellows’ Platform account. If you have any problems accessing your account, please email [email protected]

Our guide to the Library catalogue [PDF] outlines the main features of the catalogue.

To search for e-resources:

  • Access the Library catalogue here:
  • Log into your Library account using your Fellows’ Platform (Connect) username and password
  • Click the arrow next to ‘Library catalogue’ in the box next to the search bar. A  drop-down menu with more search options will appear
  • Select Switch to All resources
  • Run your search! This could be an article title or the name of a journal.

Any online article results will appear with either an Access URL (direct link to the article) and/or links to the Full Text Finder. Some e-journals will only show the Full Text Finder option.

A search result may look like this…

Clicking the URL will take you to JSTOR directly to view the article.

Sometimes the same article will be available from more than one platform
(e.g. via JSTOR and through the publisher’s website)

Clicking on Full Text Finder will show these options, if available, and you can choose which site to view the full article.

Refine your search using the options on the left-hand menu.

Here you can tick (or un-tick) to only display results from these filters, such as articles from a specific publication title, or only results in one language, or only content from a particular platform.

An Update button appears when you tick a filter. Remember to click this to refresh your search with your chosen filters!

If you need further help with using the catalogue or the e-resources, please contact the library at [email protected]