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Items in the Library are organised by shelfmark. The shelfmark of each item is shown on the Library catalogue and corresponds with a label on the item.
We use the Dewey system of classification. Here are a few key subjects and shelfmarks.
Computer science, information and general works
Philosophy and psychology
Social Sciences - this includes economics at 330-339, law at 340-349 and education at 370-379
Pure Science - this includes biology at 570-579
Technology - this includes medicine and health at 610-69 and engineering at 620-629
Arts and recreation - this includes graphic arts at 740-749 and photography at 770-779
History and geography
Items at the Peter Marsh Library with a shelfmark of 340-349 are located in the Law Library.
How to find items on the shelves
1. Find the shelfmark and location
Search on Discover@Bolton for a book or subject. From the list of results, select an item and click on Check Availability. Make sure the status on the record for the item you have selected is ‘Available’ and not on loan (indicated by a due date), and that it is not an e-book (showing as ‘Online’).
Make a note of the number and letters in the Shelfmark section - or you can search Discover on your phone and take it with you!
2. Find the correct set of shelves.
Numbers are displayed on the ends of the shelving stacks to help you find items.
3. Find the class number on the shelf
Read each bay of books separately, shelf by shelf, before proceeding to the next bay. Three bays and the order in which to search are indicated below.
4. Follow the number sequence
823.8…..823.90……823.91……823.912. When you have found the correct number, books with the same number are filed alphabetically, according to the three letters after the number 823.912 ASA…..823.912 FEE….823.912 ORW.
If you are having trouble finding an item please speak to a member of staff at the Library helpdesk - we'll be happy to help. Don't forget that you have access to a huge range of online Library resources as well. You can search a collection of over 200,000 ebooks via Discover@Bolton.