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How are the books arranged ?

There are four main collections of books within the library.

  • Most of the books are in the Lending collection and have yellow spine labels.

  • The teaching practice collection contains materials for taking into schools; these have white spine labels.

  • The quick reference books such as dictionaries and indexes are for reference only.

The books are arranged on the shelves in numerical order according to the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, using numbers 0-999. You will find a list of classmarks for your subject on your subject page.

Books will be issued initially for two weeks then renewed automatically for you unless they have been requested by another borrower. 


OneSearch - your route to library discovery

Using OneSearch, which can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection, you can search for everything that we keep in our libraries. There are also dedicated computers for using OneSearch, located within each of the libraries.

The library should stock most of the books on your reading lists, but do remember that your reading list is only a starting point and other books may be equally relevant. It is always worth checking the OneSearch as useful books may be shelved at a different classmark or may be out on loan and can be requested using the "request" button.

The most efficient way of locating a specific book is with an author/keyword (word in the title) search. Check in which campus library it is held. If it is at your campus and there is a copy available, make a note of the classmark and location and collect it from the shelf. If the book you want is on loan or held in another campus library, you can request it yourself from OneSearch and it will be sent to your home library.


Reading lists

Key texts from reading lists are a priority for our students.

We will purchase at least one copy of texts identified on a reading list by your tutors as essential, recommended or background reading, where possible. One copy of an essential text will be purchased for every 15 students up to a maximum of 15 copies per site, where finances permit.  You may need to request items that are in demand - you can do this from the OneSearch.

We provide electronic reading lists that link your reading list directly to the catalogue so you can easily check the availability of your books in the library. They can be searched by keyword, module name, unit, tutor, list name or module code. This service is only available if your tutor has added their reading list.

Do remember that reading lists are only a starting point and you should search the catalogue for other relevant books.

Suggesting books for purchase

If you are a student and find the library does not stock a book that is on your reading list or any other title you think would be useful to you and other students, you can use the Get More Books service. If the book is appropriate for the library and money is available, the book will be purchased.  Orders can take anything from a couple of weeks to several months to be delivered depending on availability.