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. 

University of Worcester Library Services

Library Services offers specialised services for students and staff, including Library Search, the gateway to the University’s eresources and print collections.

Organised by Institute, University Librarians have put together subject guides: lists of helpful databases and journals from the University’s collections and also free online resources.

There is also information on study skills and support, including a guidance for researchers.

Library Services supports University of Worcester students, staff and local community on & off campus and in The Hive.  

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.