How are the books arranged?
The books are arranged on the shelves in numerical order according to the Dewey Decimal Classification scheme, using numbers 0-999.
Books will be issued initially for two weeks then renewed automatically for you unless they have been requested by another borrower.
Look out for the 'shelf talkers' that will indicate where a book classified as Essential on a reading list is available as an ebook.
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 most efficient way of locating a specific book is with an author/keyword (word in the title) search. This video will help with this type of 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 or you can sign up for postal loans. Our video on reserving a book shows how to make the most of the request service.
The library aims to stock copies of all Essential reading list books in electronic and/or print format depending on availability. Remember that your reading list is a starting point. Successful students will develop searching skills to go beyond the reading list to demonstrate independent learning.
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. A link to your module list should be available on your Blackboard module site.