The Polymer Library is an abstracts database covering published literature on plastics, rubber, polymeric composites and adhesives.

Facts and figures

  • Around a million records dating back as far as 1972
  • This equates to approx. 2.5 million pages of original, published, literature
  • Approximately 22,000 new records added every year
  • Produced by our team of specialist abstractors who have been working with us for many years
  • Easy-to-use search interface

Source material

The Polymer Library includes references from over 450 journals, together with conference papers, specifications and standards, books, reports, press releases, company literature, data sheets and directories. We also have Patent records from 1994 - 2001.

Coverage is fully international with source material in a wide range of languages from 30 different countries including North America, Australia, Europe, Japan and China.

You can review our recent Topic Focus pages to give you an indication of the type of records we hold.


Subject Coverage

All aspects of the science, technology and business of polymers are covered for the industries that produce and use them.

Science: Polymerisation and Synthesis; Processing and Treatment; Raw Materials and Monomers; Compounding Ingredients; Adhesives and Coatings; Properties and Testing; Composite Materials and Additives.

Technology: End-use Applications; Processing and Treatment; Machinery; Test Equipment; Intermediate & Semi-finished Products; Additives.

Business: Commercial Information; Health and Safety; Legislation Environmental Issues; Markets and Statistics; Trade Names; Product Announcements.


Record types available

You will find a number of different abstract and record types on the database, which have a variety of displays depending upon the content.

Should you know of further material that may be of interest to the Polymer Library then please contact our helpdesk.


So why use it?

Find out more about the advantages of using the Polymer Library and why you might find it useful.


How can I access it?

You can access the Polymer Library right here on our own platform, or you can access it via a number of host organisations: