The Library uses the Dewey Decimal Classification System to arrange books and other resources on the shelves so you can locate them easily.
In the Dewey Decimal Classification System, books are arranged by subject. Each book is assigned an alphanumeric call number based on its main focus or subject. The call number acts as an identifier for each book, with books placed on the shelves near other books related to the same subject. A book’s call number is located near the bottom of the book’s spine.
Once you’ve searched for your item on Library Catalogue, you’ll see something like this:
The numbers shown in the Call number column are a “shelfmark” and you’ll find one of these on every book in the Library.
Take a note of the Call number and go to where the books are located and find the book using the call number.
If you are having difficulty locating a book, or have any other questions please just speak to a member of staff who will be happy to assist you.
If you find that we don’t hold an item that you need, you can use our Inter Library Loan service. This service provides access to books and other library material which are held at other libraries. Inter Campus Loan service allows active students, faculty and staff to request materials to be transferred between campus libraries.
Read more about Inter Campus Loan and Inter Library Loan services