SPRI Library houses a variety of materials for use in research and learning about the polar regions.
Materials are sorted using Polar UDC, first by geographic area, then by subject. You can search for items added since January 2016 using iDiscover. Older material can be found by visiting the SPRI Library to complete your search using our in-house search software. We hope to add our full catalogue to iDiscover during 2019.
The Scott Polar Research Institute's Polar Museum offers online access to information on its extensive museum collections through the SPRI museum catalogue. Use this online catalogue to access records stored in the Museum's centralised collections management database. Thousands of records are currently available - the majority have digital images attached.
The Institute's archive holds one of the largest collections of manuscript and other unpublished material relating to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and to many persons who have lived and worked there.
The SPRI Picture Library houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of historical photographs of the Polar Regions. It also holds a growing collection of modern photographs taken by scientists and researchers working in the field. Search the Picture Library catalogue to find stunning images taken from the very early days of exploration to both the Arctic and the Antarctic, particularly those of the expeditions led by Scott and Shackleton. The collection provides a documentary record of all aspects of life, travel and work in the polar regions, ranging through the fauna and flora, transport, science, scientific stations, glaciology, scenery and ethnography.