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Library and Archives

The Library of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI Library) offers the world's premier polar information centre. The Shackleton Memorial Library was opened in November 1998. Together with the World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge, the Library has developed high-quality online information resources.

SPRI Library and Information Services

SPRI Library and Information Services

The Library offers a collection developed since the 1920s with over 700 current journals and over 250,000 printed works covering all subjects relating to the Arctic, the Antarctic, and to ice and snow wherever found.

Opening hours are 9am-1pm and 2pm-5.30pm, Monday to Friday. Last admission to the building is at 5pm. Anyone with an interest in the polar regions is most welcome to use the library for reference under the Inspire Libraries scheme. Please contact us in advance of your visit.

Catalogue of the Library

Catalogue of the Library

The SPRILIB database covers the literature of all subjects relating to the Arctic and Antarctic published in a wide range of languages. It also offers comprehensive coverage for all aspects of snow and ice throughout the world. In addition to records for books, chapters, conference proceedings and papers, government and other reports, SPRILIB includes records for articles identified through the regular scanning of over 1,000 periodicals.

Archives

Archives

The Institute's archives, the Thomas H. Manning Archives, hold one of the largest collections of manuscript and other unpublished material relating to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and to many persons who have worked there. Access is by prior arrangement, since demand is high.

Picture Library

Picture Library

The SPRI Picture Library houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of historical photographs of the Polar Regions. It also holds a growing collection of modern photographs taken by scientists and researchers working in the field.

Polar and Glaciological Abstracts

Polar and Glaciological Abstracts

Polar and Glaciological Abstracts is the only specialist abstracting publication to offer comprehensive coverage of the literature of the world's polar regions. The abstracts provide comprehensive and convenient access to the rapidly growing body of research and scholarship in all relevant disciplines, including natural and social sciences, medicine, law, arts and humanities. The journal scans over 1000 serials as well as relevant books, reports and theses.

Other resources

Other resources