There are currently two catalogues for the London Metropolitan Archives reference library. One is a card index, organised by separately by subject and author. Please ask staff at the Information desk for assistance with the card index. This is best way to access the largest part of our library.

Secondly, recent additions to the library are listed on the City of London libraries online catalogue. To use the catalogue to search for books held at London Metropolitan Archives:

  • From the opening page, select 'More Search Options'.
  • From the new search page, pick 'London Metropolitan Archives' in the drop down list for 'Location'.
  • Add your search terms in the boxes at the top of the page and click search.

You can also use the catalogue to search for books held at all the other City of London reference and lending libraries.

While some of our books are available on immediate access on our shelves, many more are held in store. To request a book held in store, please complete the form below (note - the form will only appear if you are a registered, logged in user).

If you would like your order to be produced today, click the 'Request Now' button. Your request will be added to the next document collection (a confirmation message will tell you which collection the request was added to). If you would like to reserve the book for another day, click the request later button and follow the on screen process.

Note that the item will be ready to use in our Archives Study Area approximately 20 minutes after this time (e.g. documents on the 10:40 collection are usually ready for use by 11:00)

If you are unsure about how to fill in this form, please speak to our staff on the Information desk.