Find It in a Library?

 

Find It in a Library?
John D. Reid, Canada’s Anglo-Celtic Connection

Most serious genealogists will have the catalogues of some libraries bookmarked. That will certainly include the local public library and likely local university libraries.

If you research a particular area away from where you live you may find publications of interest in that community’s public library. Although there are lists of libraries, I find it easier to just search online for the town name and the word library. Thanks to the magic of search that will usually find it even if the library catalogue is held at the county or other administrative level.

On a broader scale the Online Computer Library Center, OCLC WorldCat, connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. The Ottawa Public Library is listed as an OCLC library, but I’m told any information WorldCat has on their holdings is not up to date. WorldCat list the McGill University Library as third most often selected as a favorite by WorldCat users, and first in Canada.

OCLC now hosts Canada’s National Union Catalogue – Voilà. While the old database AMICUS remains the primary source for Library and Archives Canada’s cataloguing records, that’s only for a few more weeks — until October 2018.

In the UK Copac exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of over 100 major UK and two Irish libraries. In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s national libraries (the British Library and National Libraries of Scotland and Wales), many University libraries, and specialist research libraries.

For the genealogist there are specialist libraries, perhaps the library of a genealogical society in which you’re a member. For the UK don’t overlook SoGCat from the Society of Genealogists.

Digitized books are available from several virtual library sources through the catalog search on the Internet Archive, Google Books and Family History Books from the LDS.

Do you have any other library catalog(ue) sources I’ve overlooked?

Editor’s Note:  Thanks, John for this timely information.  Of course, we want to add the OGS Library Catalogue, and our website for information on some Branch catalogues as well.

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