All materials in The Library are assigned an alphanumeric code known as a classmark. This code relates to a wider 'classification' scheme (in the case of this Library, the Library of Congress Classification Scheme) in which subjects are assigned a combination of letters and numbers.
The idea behind this is that items on similar subjects will be grouped together, and that there will be a logical progression from one set of items to the next. For example, books relating to history have classmarks beginning with the letter D. Within this division, books relating to the history of Great Britain all begin with the letters DA. Within this subdivision, books relating to early history will have a lower number than those relating to more modern history. This is of benefit when browsing the shelves.
The location information is displayed on the results display in the library search engine 'Encore'. Most often, this will read Floor 2/3/4/5 and this means that the item can be found on the relevant floor of the Library. If the item can only be borrowed for seven days, the information will read Student Collection (7 day loan). The Student Collection is shelved on floor 1 of the Library.
Further information about a location can be found by clicking on the location link (see link highlighted below). You may need to click on this link for some of our items held in store or special collections. See also : List of library locations for a complete list of library locations.