There are four ways to search online for descriptions of collections and selected digital materials at the Hagley Library. Begin your search by clicking on one of the following links:

Online Catalog : The catalog includes descriptions for most of Hagley's collections. It includes descriptions of our research material, including books, manuscripts, corporate records, trade catalogs, photograph collections, motion pictures, audio tapes, and other items.

Finding Aids : Finding aids identify, describe, and list collection contents. Most finding aids contain information about the person or organization who created the collection. Typically, these guides do not describe individual items like our online catalog does. Instead, finding aids describe groupings of materials such as the contents of a folder or a box as well as the organizational context in which these materials are stored.

Digitized Collections : Hagley's Digital Archives includes digitized versions of selected items from our library collections.

Subject Guides : Subject guides provide an overview of the Hagley Library's collections around a specific topic. 

Museum Collections are available for research but can not be searched online. Please contact Keith Minsinger, Museum Registrar, at kminsinger@hagley.org for more infomation and to schedule a research visit.

Subscription Databases are available to on-site researchers and database subscribers. The following are external databases that include content from Hagley's library collections: American Consumer Culture and China, America and the Pacific: Trade & Cultural Exchange

Please note: Hagley holds millions of books, primary documents, visual materials, artifacts, and collection guides but only a small fraction has been digitized. The best way to use our collection is to visit us in Wilmington, Delaware. If you have any questions, please contact us at askhagley@hagley.org