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Beckett Books Extra

Something not in stock that would be useful to your studies?

Beckett Books Extra allows you to suggest additions to our Library stock - just complete the form in the Library Tab of MyBeckett.

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How to find books in the Library

When you search for an item the Catalogue will tell you how many copies are available at each campus and where to find them. 

Make a note of the item's classification number (eg. 060 BEC). Books are shelved in order of this number.

There are signs and colour coding around the book rooms to help you find the books. The Catalogue Map function allows you to view where a book is shelved according to the floor plan. Please ask staff if you need any help with locating books.

Please see our Borrowing pages for information about borrowing, returning and renewing your books. 

Example search of book location with map icon

Special Collections

The Library has some resources that are kept separately from the main book stock:

  • Headingley Library and the Sheila Silver Library both have a High Demand area on the ground floor, where in-demand items are kept for reference and short loan. This is also where you collect items that you have placed a hold on.
  • the School Practice Collection, in JG128 on the first floor of Headingley Library, has a range of resources for teacher training students to use during teaching practice.
  • the University's Archive and Special Collections are held in the Library. 

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Classification numbers

The Library arranges its books according to the Dewey Decimal System.

This system organises subjects into 10 main areas from 000 - 999.

Numbers (classification numbers) are then added before and after the decimal point to identify the different subject areas, for example:

900 = History, Geography and Travel

940 = Europe

942 = England and Wales

942.8 = Northeastern England

942.81 = West Yorkshire

942.819 = Leeds

3 letters are often added to the end of the number. It is always worth taking note of these, as there may be a lot of resources at some numbers e.g. 942.819 THO