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How books are organised in the Library

Photo of library books with classification number stickers

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.

Not sure which book to use?

  • Access your Reading List in MyBeckett for Recommended and Essential Reading. 
  • Search for your Subject Support page created by our Academic Librarians. You will find lots of information on useful resources for your subject area which will help you in your academic work.
  • The Library has thousands of eBooks that you can access from home.
  • You can also search and browse Discover
  • You can borrow books via the self service machines in the Library or by using Click & Collect.

Can't find the book you need?

  • If you are a student, you can Request an eBook for the Library to purchase 
  • If you are a member of staff, please add the book to your Talis reading list(s)
  • If you need a journal article or a book chapter, you may be able to apply for an Interlibrary Loan

If you aren't sure how to find resources, you can always Contact Us