About Library Hub Discover

Jisc Library Hub Discover exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of major UK and Irish libraries. In a single search you can discover the holdings of the UK’s National Libraries (including the British Library), many university libraries, and specialist research libraries. This new service replaces Copac and SUNCAT, providing access to a growing range of library catalogues, with a new interface style and updated search facilities, with more changes in the pipeline.

Librarians: you can order some free A5 leaflets (up to 50) and A4 posters (up to 5) to help you publicise the service transition by emailing us. The publicity materials are also available as PDFs for you to download and print: A5 leaflet and A4 poster.

Library Hub Discover is being built on the Jisc National Bibliographic Knowledgebase, whilst the new interface development is part of wider Jisc Library Services redevelopment activity; see the Library services blog for more information about this work.

Library Hub Discover is one of three new services, the others being:

  • Library Hub Compare: Collection analysis service for library staff in Jisc member libraries and other NBK contributors.
  • Library Hub Cataloguing: Shared cataloguing service for library staff in Jisc member libraries and other NBK contributors.
    For information about the Cataloguing service see About Library Hub Cataloguing.

New Service Features

The new Discover service provides the foundations on which we will continue to grow. New features include:

  • A single search box that allows keyword searching as well as the ability to generate complex Boolean queries. Details are given in the Search Help
  • An advanced search providing detailed options for defining a search, including searching for maps
  • Faster response times
  • A wider range of contributing libraries, with more UK university contributors

Forthcoming developments

We are continuing to work on the Discover service across a number of areas. Our initial priorities are:

  • Working with many more academic and specialist libraries as we continue to load additional catalogues and ensuring regular updating is established where appropriate. Some specialist collections are static and regular updating is not required.
  • We will be adding a branch library search for those contributors with a number of distinct libraries, eg. The National Trust
  • Responding to feedback to resolve any issues identified with the new interface

We will be reviewing all the feedback we receive and using that to help us focus our development activity.

Terms of use

Use of the the Jisc Library Hub Discover service

You may use material contained in the Library Hub Discover service and Web site for personal and educational (non-commercial) purposes. The Database and Web site may not be exploited for any commercial purpose without our express written consent.

If you wish to discuss your use of Jisc Library Hub Discover please contact help@jisc.ac.uk stating that your query is for Library Hub Discover.

Materials contained on this website are subject to copyright and other proprietary rights.

For content supplied by Nielsen Book Services Ltd:

"Copyright in any bibliographic data and cover images supplied by Nielsen Book Services Limited is held by Nielsen Book Services Limited or by the publishers or by their respective licensors: all rights reserved."


Jisc accepts no responsibility for the consequences of error or for any loss or damage suffered by users of any of the information and material contained in this service or any site you may access through this site. It is possible that the information may be out of date, incomplete or the opinion of the author. It is advisable that you verify any information from this website before relying on it.

If you are aware of any errors within the Web site, please contact the Jisc Helpdesk at help@jisc.ac.uk (please state that your enquiry is for the Library Hub Discover team).

Errors in individual records need to be reported to the relevant contributing libraries. You will find a list of our contributing libraries on our Libraries page

Take down notice

If you have concerns about the nature of the data included in the Library Hub Discover service, for example relating to copyright or personal information, please contact the Jisc Helpdesk immediately help@jisc.ac.uk, stating that your request relates to the Library Hub Discover service.

To help us deal with your concern, please include the following information:

  • Your contact details, including your name, email address and daytime phone number
  • Sufficient detail to enable us the identify the records that are a cause for concern
  • The reason for your concern

We will review each Take Down request and, pending enquiries, may suppress data from the Discover service. We may contact relevant contributing libraries as part of this process.

The records in Library Hub Discover are supplied by our contributing libraries. So, in addition to alerting Jisc to the problem you also need to contact each contributing library so that the issue can be reviewed and resolved in the library's local catalogue. If a problem is not dealt with in each individual library catalogue then, even if we decide to remove a record from Discover, it may reappear as part of a contributor catalogue update. See Record errors and problems.

Record errors and problems

If you identify an error or other problem with a record in Library Hub Discover it is most likely to have come in the original record from one of our contributing libraries, so to correct the error you need to contact the relevant contributing libraries directly. All the records in Library Hub Discover are supplied by our contributing libraries so any errors or other data problems need to be dealt with by each library in their own local catalogue. A corrected version of the record will then be supplied to Jisc in the library's next update.

Where a Discover record has been created by merging records from multiple contributors a data problem is usually only present in a sub-set of the original records. To check which libraries you need to contact, in the Result screen select a library name to see the Holdings Display, which includes that library's version of the record so you can see if it contains the error. You can use the list of libraries on the right of the holdings screen to move between the individual library holdings displays associated with that record.

You can find contact details for all our contributing libraries on our Libraries page.

In Discover we add record enhancements in the form of table of contents, reviews and subject terms. If you find an error that doesn't appear in any of our contributors' individual records let us know, as it may be a problem with the enhancement data. In this case, send us details of the record problem via the Jisc Helpdesk help@jisc.ac.uk, stating that your request relates to the Library Hub Discover service.

Links to Other Websites

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content and/or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage you to be aware of when you leave our site and to read the privacy statements of each and every website that collects personally identifiable information. The Jisc privacy statement applies solely to information collected by Jisc services.

Library Hub Discover record displays may include material drawn from external services or document specific links to relevant material provided by an external service. In some cases this results in the provision of your computer's IP address and the relevant document identifier (eg. ISBN) to the external service in order to enhance the records with document specific information or links.

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If you have any questions about this please email help@jisc.ac.uk.


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Library Hub Discover uses cookies for two main reasons:

  • To provide support for your use of the site;
  • To record general usage information to help us understand our users and ensure we are providing the right support. This allows us to ask questions such as: 'last month what proportion of Library Hub Discover searchers used a mobile device such as an iPad?'

Details about Library Hub Discover cookie use are given below.

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