TUC Library Collections

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The TUC Library Collections, established in 1922 for the use of the Trades Union Congress and affiliated trade unions, moved to the London Metropolitan University in 1996. They are a major research resource for the study of all aspects of trade unions, lifelong learning and people at work.

Venue Type:

Library, Archive

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 09.15-16.45

Closed: Christmas & New Year

Admission charges

No charges for access

The Collections hold books, pamphlets, periodicals and ephemera relating to political and labour history from the mid 19th century to the present day. There are also archival collections, the largest of which is the Workers' Educational Association Library and Archive. An online history of trade unions, 'The Union Makes Us Strong' at www.unionhistory.info , and a website documenting the workers on the Home Front during WWII at www.unionhistory.info/workerswar uses digitised photographs, posters and documents from the Collections.

Collection details

Archives, Industry, Law and Order, Personalities, Social History

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Workers' War: Home Front Recalled


The Workers’ War website illustrates and archives the experiences of working men and women on the Home Front during World War II.
The website has two main focuses - an exhibition of hundreds of digitised images and documents from the TUC Library Collection plus oral testimony from dozens of interviews with those who worked on the Home Front during the war. Audio clips from the interviews are accessible on the site along with fully searchable transcripts. The site contains a set of teachers’ notes outlining exercises for classroom use and is a terrific resource for class projects.


  • London Metropolitan University
  • Trades Union Congress

TUC Library Collections
The Wash Houses
25 Old Castle Street
Greater London
E1 7NT


TUC Library Collections


The Union Makes Us Strong


The Workers' War: Home Front Recalled





020 7320 3516

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