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Digital Library and Archive

About our publications archive

Protecting and providing direct access to our meteorological digital content for the long-term

Over the last few years the NMLA have been working towards a new archiving capability that provides a safe and secure repository for our digital library and archive content. Digital preservation lies at the heart of this archive which means we are able to protect and preserve our digital content for the long-term just as we have been doing with our paper records for so many years. The solution addresses the important need for digital preservation as well as offering direct access to our customers.

The Met Office Digital Library and Archive provides access to a growing collection of born digital content as well as copies of some our older publications and unique archive treasures. If you are looking for the most recent editions of Met Office publications you need to visit our Current Publications .

The archive is in its early days and we are busy adding content as a priority and it will continue to grow over the coming months as we load more of our existing digital records.

Searching for digital content

You can search for both our paper and digital collections through our online catalogue and the results will link you to any digital content we have available. The online catalogue contains detailed information about our collections and is the best place to begin a search. You can view our online catalogue Catalogue search tips to help get the most from your searches.

You can also directly access the Digital Library and Archive and either "browse"  the content or perform a fairly simple "search" using key words if you are looking for something specific.

Archive Structure

The archive is organised into a series of "collections" and "records" and  at the lowest level "files". You can access collections, records and files by clicking on the thumbnail image. The "details" button gives you some information about a collection, record or file. At the file level you can you view the content in a preview box  and can also opt to "download" the content and access information on the file size.

Digital Library and Archive - search tips

The search facility in the archive is very basic but here are a few tips to help you find content:

  • Select the "browse" button to navigate through the digital archive but remember that there is limited content at this early stage.
  • The "search" button allows you to enter key words to look for specific content (e.g. 'Daily Weather Report' to access the collection holding this series)
  • Search results are presented in a relevance ranking order and any words included in your search terms will be considered relevant - either on their own or as a phrase.
  • If you want to search for a specific phrase then put your search term in "inverted commas".
  • You can narrow your search to specific collections if you wish otherwise the entire archive will be searched.

Files and File Size

Some of the files in the archive can be up 70MB in size and you may find that the preview box does not load the pages. If this happens you may find it quicker to go straight to the "download" option and opt to "save" the file rather than open.

Please Email the library if you have any questions.

Last updated: Nov 11, 2015 2:28 PM