Find the Resources You Need

If you are looking for a specific book, always use OneSearch. You’ll then know if the book is on loan or on the shelf and where to go to find it.

  1. Go to OneSearch
  2. Enter the title of the book into the search box and click on Search or hit Enter
  3. You may see a list of items with the same or similar titles
  4. Note the floor and classmark of the item you are looking for

This example shows a book which is on the shelf:

If the book is showing as Available, go to the right floor and look for the classmark. The classmark is on the spine of the book. The classmarks are shown on the end of the shelf rows to help you find the right place quickly.

  • Pamphlets and oversize books

    Pamphlets and oversize books are shelved at the end of each book section – they are marked on the ends of the rows.

  • Requests


    This example shows a book which is currently on loan: 

    An item shown as on loan in OneSearch

    If all the copies of a book are on loan, you can request the book – please see the Requests and Recalls page.

  • What is a classmark?

    A classmark is a set of letters (and sometimes numbers) assigned to books and other library material so they are arranged by subject on the shelves.

    The classmark tells you the exact shelf location for a particular item, eg TDG (H).The main part is a set of letters representing the subject of the item. The letter in brackets after the classmark is usually the first letter of the author's surname (or sometimes the title) and is used to shelve books which have the same classmark in a logical order.

    Each subject has its own letter. The subjects are then subdivided, eg:

    ClassmarkSubject description
    T Economics
    TD Business Economics
    TDG Management of Industry

    As well as capital letters we also use numbers, stops and lower case letters for different aspects of the subject. Lower case letters indicate a geographical region. On the shelves it would look like this:

    FormClassmarkSubject description
    Capitals WAKD Discourse Analysis
    Numbers WAKD5 Conference on Discourse Analysis
    Stops WAKD.J Discourse Analysis Relating to Education
    Lower Case WAKDf Discourse Analysis in France