Answered By: Jo Nash
Last Updated: 18 Feb, 2016     Views: 64

To find an item within the Library you need to know the shelfmark. Each title has an alphanumeric code on the spine label called a shelfmark, e.g. PR4037.B38 2010. Each shelfmark  has a specific location within the Library. Titles on similar subjects will have similar shelfmarks.

Stock within the Library is divided by floor as follows:

  • Floor 0: Study Skills collection
  • Floor 1: Books with A-HZ shelfmarks (including reference, pamphlets, and oversize); the DC Watt collection
  • Floor 2: Books with J-Z shelfmarks (including reference, pamphlets, and oversize); music scores and CDs; the Teaching Practice collection; DVDs.
  • Floor 3: Books with K shelfmarks (in the Law Library); periodicals and abstracts; government publications; statistics; theses; special collections.

When searching for books using the catalogue or Library Search always note the shelfmark. For a more detailed explanation of shelfmarks and how to use them click on the Finding Resource link and in the Finding Books section use the "finding books by shelfmark guide" pdf.