Catalogue search

The Hive is home to a huge range of print and online resources, all of which can be discovered through three online catalogue searches:

Library catalogue search

Search through the records for The Hive’s quarter of a million titles to find details of the books you can access in the building, as well as simultaneously searching the stock of all County branches. Links to online resources, such as Ancestry and a range of research databases, can also be found here.

While this search is available to all, if you are a University of Worcester student, you should log in to as usual to ensure access to your full range of educational resources.

Requesting the Library’s Older Journals

Paper copies of many of our older journals are held in The Hive's archives. They can be requested in advance by completing the online form here. You will receive an email with further information on where to collect the journal, and how to return it when you have finished. Please allow at least 24 hours when placing your request, to ensure that it is ready when you arrive at the Hive.

This applies to journals held by the library (details on the library catalogue), and published before 1998. 

LibGuides: support in finding information

The University of Worcester’s LibGuides site gives lots of useful advice about searching for information, using resources and referencing information. Students preparing for university will find a guide written especially for them. Some of the search tools, e.g. tailored Google searches, are available to everyone while others may request University of Worcester student or staff account details. Go to LibGuides for this useful information. 

Archaeology report search

Material held by Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service can be discovered through a variety of electronic and paper-based searches. For information about resources held in the Historic Environment Record (HER), a search can be made online through the Heritage Gateway.

For more detailed enquiries we recommend booking to see an HER officer at The Hive. They will be able to explain the resources and conduct more detailed searches with you.

Archives search

A significant proportion of the archive collections can be searched online.

The catalogue continues to grow as more and more collections are added, but does not include all our holdings yet and so you may need to search the paper catalogues at The Hive.