University of East Anglia

Contact details

Website: Email: Telephone - Main Library: +44 (0)1603 592993 Sainsbury Research Unit: +44 (0)1603 592659

University of East Anglia

About the library

The Main Library lies at the heart of our campus which is set in 320 acres of rolling parkland just two miles from Norwich. The Library is a listed grade II building, designed by Denys Lasdun (1968) with extensions in 1974 and 2006. It houses 866,000 printed books and periodicals, plus some A-V materials and microforms, and currently offers access to 750,000 e-books and 74,000 e-journals (the majority of these e-resources are not recorded in the catalogue). The University provides academic, social and cultural activities to over 17,000 students.

The British Archive for Contemporary Writing (BACW) sits within the Library and builds on the University’s international reputation for creative writing, the status of Norwich as a UNESCO City of Literature, and UEA’s strong links with writers of world renown through its international literary festivals and links with the British Centre for Literary Translation (BCLT) and the emerging National Centre for Writing which is based in Norwich.

Other archive collection strengths include modernist architecture and design; WWII operations and wound ballistics research; British science and technology policy; climate change and weather. Please note that material from the Archives is not included in the catalogue. However UEA Archives contribute to the Archives Hub, and you can browse descriptions of our archival material on our Archives Hub information page.

The campus also has the Robert Sainsbury Library, which is a specialised library in the indigenous arts and material culture of Africa, the Pacific Region and the Americas. It includes some material on related areas, e.g. South East Asia (particularly Indonesia), and related subjects, including anthropology, archaeology, religion, and museum studies. It is located at the western edge of the campus, in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, the first major public building designed by architect Norman Foster to house the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Art Collection. Its stock is included in the catalogue.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library inter-library loan codes

Library code


Policy code

G2 (applies to both Main Library and SRU)

For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. See their website for details. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of the University of East Anglia's records in Library Hub Discover here.