Answered By: Felicity Gittins
Last Updated: Sep 18, 2020     Views: 2

In the library collections we have over 450,000 physical items, including print books (eBooks), journals, music, DVDs and CDs.  These support all our taught courses. 

Our print stock is spread over four library sites Curzon, Mary Seacole, School of Art and School of Jewellery. Our eBooks are available 24/7, on or off campus

When you enter the library you see a Library Catalogue computer.  It works just like an internet search but for our stock.

Full details on how to search the catalogue are available here 

But to get you up and running here is a quick guide

If you want to search all our stock e.g  print books, journals, music, DVDs and CDs and ebooks select ‘everything’ from the options. Select ‘books’ to only search books/ebooks and ‘journals’ for periodicals only.

If you want to search all our stock e.g  print books, journals, music, DVDs and CDs and ebooks select ‘everything’ from the options. Select ‘books’ to only search books/ebooks and ‘journals’ for periodicals only.

Type one or more words into the search bar that best describes what you are looking for or numbers, e.g. ISBN, and click the Search button. 1

For most searching needs, typing a few words in the main search box is sufficient. If you need a more detailed search to home in on the results you want, you can get help to build that search or click the blue Advanced search button at the bottom of the screen. 2

Your results will appear in a list like the example below:

On the left of the screen you will see many more options to help you narrow down your search, such as ‘Library location’  this lets you search only the campus that you choose and excludes all other results.

Clicking on the Blue title or the image of an item in the Results page gives you a Detail page for that item. On the right of the page there is a section headed Find more by..., showing groups of words and phrases relating to the item. Clicking on any of these will start a new search for the selected word or phrase in the relevant way.

This allows you to explore the catalogue, which can be useful when you are not sure exactly what you want, but you find something that is close or that you have read before.

 

 

Every book is issued a Shelfmark Number (also known as a Classmark) which found on the spine of the book. The Dewey Decimal System is used by libraries to arrange the books on a shelf by subject.   

Each subject has its own group of numbers 000 to 999, enabling books to be shelved in numerical order e.g. 657 is shelved before 658.

 After 3 digits there is a decimal point.  Additional numbers after the decimal point can be used to identify the sub-sections of each subject.  These additional numbers are also shelved numerically e.g 349.2098 is shelved before 349.3.

After the numbers there are three letters which are filed in alphabetical order.  These refer to the author or editor of the book e.g. 816.52 / Jan is shelved before 816.52 / Jer.

When searching for books on the shelf remember, its numerical order then alphabetical number

If you need assistance when searching the shelves during staffed hours our roving library staff will be happy to assist you.  Our 24/7 Chat service is always happy to help.

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