The books are arranged on the shelves in numerical order according to the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, using numbers 0-999. Look out for the coloured shelf markers.
All of our books are issued for 2 weeks and renew automatically unless they have been requested by another borrower. Check out the Loans and Renewals page for more information.
Most of the books are in the Main collection but we have a couple of smaller subject specific collections such as the Teaching practice and the Law library at Fusehill street.
Finding the books using OneSearch (the library catalogue)
OneSearch is our Library search engine which can search for books or articles. It can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection or there are dedicated computers for using OneSearch, located within each of the libraries.
If you know the book you are looking for the quickest way to find it is with the author's surname and a keyword from the title. 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. This video will help with this type of search.
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. This video on reserving a book shows how to make the most of the request service.
Alternatively you can sign up for postal loans.
Once you know the classmark for your subject, take a look along the shelf to see what else looks useful at the same classmark. Nothing beats a serendipitous find.
Not sure where to start? Check out the reading list for your module.