The Library

English Literature & Creative Writing

Beckett Books Extra

This service allows you to recommend resource purchases for addition to our Library stock. This could be particularly useful to you if you are currently working on your dissertation and require books on a subject area we don't have in stock. To suggest a title, please click on Recommend below and fill in the online form with as much information as you can:

To find out more information on Beckett Books Extra, see the guide here.

Finding books at other libraries

If you would like to read a book that we don't have here at Leeds Beckett, you could try one of the following options:

1. If you are a final year undergraduate, postgraduate student, researcher or member of staff you could apply for an interlibrary loan. You can make your request online on MyBeckett (go to the Library tab and find the 'Interlibrary Loan Request Service' box). Most books will arrive for you to collect from the Library within 20 working days.

2. Search on COPAC to see if there is another university library that has the book. COPAC enables you to search over 100 UK and Irish library catalogues to help you identify resources held elsewhere.

3. Apply for SCONUL Access to borrow the book from another UK or Irish university library (full-time undergraduate students can't borrow, but can still have reference access). Apply online and register with your Leeds Beckett email address. You should contact the library you wish to visit beforehand to check opening hours, access policies, accessibility and any documentation you may need to take with you.

4. You could visit the British Library Reading Room at the Document Supply Centre, Boston Spa, near Leeds. You can't borrow from this library, but you can consult millions of items. You can pre-register for a Reading Room pass and order your material online before visiting on the Library's website.

5. You could search the Leeds Public Library Catalogue to see if they have the book you are looking for. You can also make reservations online and join if you're not already a member.

Search the Library Catalogue


Individual eBook titles can be accessed online through the Library Catalogue. The following eBook collections are also available:

How books are organised in the Library

The Library arranges its books according to the Dewey Decimal System. This system organises subjects into 10 main areas from 000 - 999. 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 from the author's name are often added to the end of the number e.g. 942.819 THO. This helps with identification when there are a lot of resources at the same number.

Useful class numbers for English Literature and Creative Writing

You will find all of these on the 3rd floor of the Sheila Silver Library.

800 Literature
808 Creative writing
801.95 Literary criticism
810 American literature in English
820 English literature
820.9 Literary history
821 Poetry
822 Drama
823 Fiction