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UCL Library Services is a partner in a number of retrospective catalogue conversion projects being funded by the Research Support Libraries Programme (RSLP). The principal aim is to make it easier for users to find material that was previously only recorded in various card catalogues, with all records entered on the online catalogue accessible at virtually any time, both on- and off-campus.
Illustration of a lioness and her cubs
An illustration of a lioness and her cubs taken from an Atlas in the Dictionnaire Universel D’Histoire Naturelle - Dirigé par Charles D’Orbigny, (1867-1869), part of the Malacological Society collection.

The HOST Project, involving a consortium of eight university libraries led by King's College London, focuses on the History of Science and Technology 1801-1914. Altogether, some 60,000 online catalogue records for a range of collections relating to the development of the non-medical sciences will be created. UCL will contribute 3,500 records from five separate collections. The collections are:

History of Science Sources includes items bequeathed in the latter half of the 19th century by former professors of the College, in particular Thomas Graham (Chemistry), W. K. Clifford (Mathematics) and J. Morris (Geology).

The Malacological Society collection contains works on molluscs, including Cuvier's own inscribed copy of his Anatomie des mollusques (1807)

The Johnston Lavis gift brings together a range of works, many of which are extremely rare, on vulcanology, including a large number (in Italian) on Vesuvius and Etna.

The Smith Woodward collection covers palaeontology. A feature of this collection is the very many letters, including a number signed by Charles Darwin, T. H. Huxley and Charles Lyall, inserted into the individual volumes and now recorded in the online catalogue.

The Fleming bequest, from the library of Sir Ambrose Fleming, first UCL Professor of Electrical Engineering, features works on electricity.

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