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Locating the Books on the Shelves

This quick guide will show you how to locate resources within our libraries. If you are looking for a specific book, go on the catalogue and type the title. This is what you will see. The first part tells you whether the book is in the library or out on loan:

The alphanumerical code is the most important piece of information, and it will help you locate the book on the shelf.

The last word indicates the site where the book is held. Queen Mary has three libraries: the main one, in Mile End, and the two medical libraries, Whitechapel and West Smithfield. You can find the addresses on the Contact us page.

For books in Mile End Library, there is another thing to check. TEACHCOLL stands for Teaching Collection, which is on the ground floor of the Library. It contains all the most commonly used books from all subjects. Tip! If a book is on your core reading list, it will probably be found in the Teaching collection.

SHELVES means that a book is in the main collection, which is spread between the first and second floor. Tip! Humanities are on the second floor, Sciences and Law on the first, as shown by the table below:

 

North

Reading Room

South

Reading Room

2nd floor

Arts & Social Sciences

Classmarks A – PQ
 

Literature

Classmarks PR – Z
 

1st floor

Science and Engineering

Classmarks Q – V
 

Law

Classmarks K

Ground floor

Teaching Collection

(All Subjects – core reading) 

Tip! Journals are all on the first floor (north reading room), no matter the subject; however, most of our journal subscriptions are now online only. Check out the catalogue or the e-journals database to find the materials you need. 

Journals are divided by subject. Within the subject, they are in alphabetical order by title. When you find the journal you were looking for, volumes and issues follow the chronological order. Law journals and law reports are located in the Law section (first floor south reading room).

In the drop down menu below there is a comprehensive list of subjects and classmarks and where to find them. Tip! The North Reading Room is the large one, the South Reading Room is the smaller one on both floors.

Do not hesitate to ask us to help you navigate the Library, and good luck with your research!

This quick guide will show you how to locate printed resources at any Library site. Firstly, you need to identify the item on the Library catalogue. In the Library Search text box, just type the title you are looking for. You will see something like this:

To see how many copies are held and where you can find them click on the book title.

The first part indicates the site where the book is located. It follows the floor location. For books in Mile End Library, please note that Teaching Collection refers to the collection on the Ground Floor of the Library. It contains all the most commonly used books from all subjects. Tip! If a book is on your core reading list, it will probably be found in the Teaching Collection.

Book Collection means that a book is in the main collection, which is spread between the first and second floor. Tip! Humanities are on the second floor, Sciences and Law on the first.

The shelfmark is the most important piece of information that you need. Indeed, each book, including DVD, CD-ROM, etc., has its own unique code which is attached to the book's spine.

When you select a shelfmark you will be able to see a pictorial representation of the shelf where the book is located including the adjacent items.

Write down the shelfmark and go to the appropriate floor. Refer to the Subject guide at the end of the shelves to find the range of shelfmark numbers that are located in that section.

Our example of shelfmark will be found on the shelf with the range from QL 607.5 to QM 306.

If the catalogue shows there are no copies currently available for loan, you will be able to place a reservation. Find out how to reserve a book on our borrowing basics pages

Tip! Journals are all on the first floor (north reading room), no matter the subject; however, most of our journal subscriptions are now online only. Check out the catalogue or the e-journals database to find the materials you need. 

Journals are divided by subject. Within the subject, they are in alphabetical order by title. When you find the journal you were looking for, volumes and issues follow the chronological order. Law journals and law reports are located in the Law section (First Floor South Reading Room). Tip! The North Reading Room is the large one, the South Reading Room is the smaller one on both floors.

 If you are having difficulty locating a book or journal, or have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Good luck with your research!

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