Library collections

The College library is home to a vast number of useful resources to help you in your studies, your research and in practice.

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Thousands of optical books, pamphlets & audiovisual titles: our collection ranges from the first edition of Newton’s Optics to the very latest textbooks on optometry. Search the library catalogue for what you need, or browse the recent additions page to see what's new.

Reference collection: includes theses, Government publications, College publications, and general reference materials.

Historical collections: the library has an outstanding collection of early works by the great scientists of the past who studied optics and the workings of the human eye. The collection includes works dating from the 15th to the early 20th century. See the Historical books pages for featured items, and search the library catalogue for specific titles.

Other collections: the College library also houses two separate, reference-only collections belonging to the British Contact Lens Association and the Ophthalmic Antiques International Collectors Club.

Library catalogue

Our library catalogue is packed with books, journals, CD ROMS and lots more - all available free of charge to our members.

Journals collection

Our growing collection of journals is easy to search online.

British Standards Online

Login to get your free access to the British Standards Online (BSOL) database - a quick and easy way to check that your sunglasses, contact lenses and other eyewear meet the right standards.


College members and pre-registration students have free access to an expanding collection of online versions of optometry textbooks.