Until 2014 housed in the library of the Scott Polar Research Institute, the WDC for Glaciology, Cambridge, maintains a particularly comprehensive collection of publications covering all aspects of snow and ice worldwide. Glaciological literature has been systematically collected and catalogued at the Scott Polar Research Institute since 1920. The SPRI Picture Library houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of historical photographs of the Polar Regions
The Library of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI Library) also housed until 2014, the Library the World Data Centre for Glaciology, Cambridge, with special responsibilities for the provision of information to British and European glaciologists. The World Data Center for Glaciology, Boulder (WDCGB) is at the National Snow and Ice Data Center [Colorado, USA]. The WDC for Glaciology and Geocryology, Lanzhou, is in China. All three centres form part of the ICSU World Data System (WDS). Until July 1999 the Centre was called WDC-C for Glaciology.