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Catalogues and finding aids

You can search for items located in the Foyle Special Collections Library in the Library catalogue or in the Special Collections subset of the Library catalogue

Some hints for searching the catalogue are provided in the PDF below. Items can be consulted in the Reading Room. 

FCO Historical Collection

The historical library collection of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) was transferred to King’s on permanent loan in 2007. A dedicated web page available here explains more about this collection.

Two Araucanos playing bandy ball in Chili (1824)Arguably the most important library collection to be acquired by the University in its history, it comprises some 80,000 volumes of books, pamphlets, reports, typescripts and manuscripts with a date range from the early 16th century to the present day.

Explore 500 years of world history (pdf, 1,210 KB), an introductory leaflet about the collection is also available as a PDF file.

We have also compiled an overview of items relating to the First World War from the FCO Collection

Research support

Please remember that not all material can be found in our online catalogues. You may need to look at manual finding aids, such as the printed and card catalogues and hand-lists that can be found in our reading rooms. We are also happy to help with research proposals and are often able to identify uncatalogued items in our collections which may be of use.

Joint research guides

With our colleagues in Archives, we have produced the following research guides:

Medicine and healthcare

Medicine and Healthcare Research Guide

World War One

Image of the cover of the LHCMA and Special Collections joint research guide to World War One







King's College London Archives and the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives

Items from the College Archives and Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives and the Liddell Hart Library are housed at Archives in the Strand and can be consulted there. A link to their Catalogues and finding aids is available below:

Archives catalogues

Archives research guides


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