Library catalogue

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

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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.

You can search through the catalogue online - simply click on the link above. If you can't find what you are looking for, contact the library team and they will hunt down the specific reference or information you are looking for, email    

You can also request or renew book loans online - just sign in to the College website before visiting the catalogue. You should then see your name in the right hand column, under 'account information'. Please note that we are unable to extend the book loan service to overseas members.


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