We organise books on the shelves in subject order using the Dewey Decimal System. Books on the same subject have the same number (the class number) and this tells you exactly where the item will be located.
The books are arranged in numerical order first by class number, then in alphabetical order by author. Each book has a label on its spine displaying the number followed by the first three letters of the author's last name.
Selected class numbers in the library for are:
||930 - 999
|First World War
|Second World War
|Russia / Soviet Union
|South East Asia
|United States of America
You can find specific books related to your subject area using Library Search (you can also select the Searching for information tab from the contents list of this page).
Library Core (formerly Ashley 1 lecture theatres) houses our core collection which covers most subjects excluding creative/arts subjects. Nearly all of the English and Creative Writing books are housed here. Any print book can be reserved for collection here.
Library Creative (Blackstone ground floor) houses our creative collection (most items with ‘700’ shelf numbers on the library catalogue but includes fashion also). It is open 24/7 and is located here so it is convenient for most creative subject delivery. Any print book can be reserved for collection here.
Library Centre for Excellence (Stafford BHL). Any print book can be reserved for collection here.
Library Catalyst (Click & Collect). Any print book can be reserved for collection here.