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The Library


Finding books in other libraries

Interlibrary Loans

  • Final year undergraduates, postgraduate students and staff can borrow books and access journal articles not held by Leeds Beckett via our Interlibrary Loans service.

Library Hub Discover

  • Provides free access to details of materials held in over 180 UK national, academic and specialist libraries. 

Visit other libraries

  • Students and staff can use other UK libraries through the SCONUL Access scheme, or by visiting the British Library reading room at Boston Spa.

Leeds Libraries

  • If you live in Leeds you can join Leeds Libraries for free and borrow books from public libraries across the city.

Discover books and eBooks


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

Reading lists

Access the online reading lists for your modules on MyBeckett. You will see a Reading List link on the left menu of your module page. These reading lists will give you the essential and recommended resources your lecturers would like you to use for that module.

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 = North Eastern 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 history

You will find all of these on the 1st and 3rd floor of the Sheila Silver Library.

Class number Subject


International migration and colonisation


Slavery and emancipation


World history


Ancient history


History of Europe

941 - 942

UK history


History of Africa
970 US history