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Coronavirus Arrangements

Both Libraries are closed until further notice so access to our print collection is not possible. We have access to thousands of eBooks and you can also recommend titles to be added to Library stock.

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.

Search the Library Catalogue

Library Catalogue PDF guide

Not sure how to find a book?

Search for an item on the Library Catalogue to see 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) and look for the book on the shelf. See the videos below for help.

See our Borrowing pages for information about borrowing, reserving and returning books.

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 your Academic Librarian. You will find lots of information on useful resources from your subject area which will help you in your academic work.
  • You can also search the Library Catalogue or Discover to find more interesting and relevant resources. 
  • The Library also has a wide selection of eBooks which you can find more about on our eBooks page.

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 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