The colonial collection covers general exploration and European colonisation and includes a significant number of travel journals. The collection of sources for the colonial history of North America is one of the best in the UK.
The division of the library into a colonial classification (classmarks beginning C) and national collections mean that relevant collections may be in different sections of the library, for example:
The Colonial collection classification scheme is subdivided as below. Sections in bold are on open shelves, others can be requested. You can search the catalogue by classmark.
- CB Bibliography
- CG General Works (mostly open shelves Floor 3)
- CL Area Collections:
- CLA America (open shelves America room Floor 2)
- CLB Africa
- CLC Asia
- CLD Australasia
- CLE Other Areas (This covers the Polar regions, Space exploration and miscellaneous territories).
- CP Periodicals