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The NNAS Library

Using the library

64 The CloseThe Library contains books, journals and pamphlets of local interest as well as those from many other historical and archaeological groups across the rest of the country. There are also long runs of many county and national archaeological journals and a range of early photographs and pictures. It should be noted that practically all the Society's manuscript collection has been deposited with the Norfolk Record Office, where it can be consulted.

The Society is very pleased to announce that the entire catalogue of the Library may now be consulted online. We hope that this will help researchers in discovering and locating potentially useful material prior to arranging any visit.

The collection is held in bookcases and cupboards at the Sainsbury Institute of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Norwich Cathedral Close, and can be consulted on Monday mornings and most Thursday mornings from 9.30am. The Librarian is pleased to help anyone with their research and can be contacted at the email address on the right. You may wish to search the on-line catalogue before visiting the library.

Please contact the Librarian about your intended visit to ensure the Library will be open.

Using the online catalogue

In order to search the catalogue, click on the item 'Library search' on the right-hand menu. Help with searching can be found on the catalogue webpage, but please also take note of the following points:

  • The quickest way to search the catalogue is usually to insert the name of the author or the main words of the title of the item or subject in the 'Author Surname' box or the 'Book Title includes' box and then click on Search.
  • If this is unsuccessful, try alternatives in the Key words section.
  • The Accession Number consists of two parts and (for the majority) these begin with four zeros followed by a forward slash and then the catalogue number, which contains up to five digits. However from 2006 the first four digits are usually the year of accession.
  • A number of acronyms have been used in constructing the catalogue, as follows:

    CAS/S of A: Congress of Archaeological Societies in Union with the Society of Antiquaries
    CBA: Council for British Archaeology
    EAA: East Anglian Archaeology
    HMSO: Her Majesty's Stationary Office
    NA: Norfolk Archaeology
    NAHRG: Norfolk Archaeological and Historical Research Group
    NARG: Norfolk Archaeological Rescue Group
    NFHS: Norfolk Family History Society
    NG: Norfolk Genealogy
    NIAS: Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society
    NNAS: Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society
    NNGS: Norfolk and Norwich Genealogical Society
    NRS: Norfolk Record Society
    Proc. Soc. Antiq.: Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries
    ROB: Rijkdienst voor het Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek (Journals of Netherlands Archaeology)
    SPAB: Society for the Preservation of Ancient Buildings
  • We would be most grateful if users could inform the Librarian of any difficulties that they experience using the online catalogue, or of any errors found.