Answered By: Emma Hollinshead
Last Updated: 15 May, 2018     Views: 165

Yes - there is a system.  We explain this in the Like Your Library Live sessions.  If you have missed your session, please feel free to attend any other one, or just go and speak to a member of staff in the Library to ask for help.

Using Library SmartSearch to Find Books - Video


The books are organised by subject on the second and third floors of the Library according to their Dewey Decimal Classification number - this is a number followed by letters to identify the exact location of the book on the shelves.  Once you have looked the book up using Library SmartSearch (see video above), you will need to check if the book is available (or currently out on loan) and make a precise note of all the Dewey numbers and all the letters to find the book. 

.All books held in the Library or e-books can be found by doing a keyword or title search using Library SmartSearch.




  1. Search for the book on Library SmartSearch
  2. Check whether the book is 'Available' - if available follow the steps as below, if not, select 'Reserve' so that you can get hold of it, once it has been returned
  3. Write down the class number carefully including all numbers and letters
  4. Check which floor that class number is on (see posters in the Library)
  5. Check which row on that floor that class number is on (see posters in the Library)
  6. Go to the row and look for the book (see the signage on the end of each row for precise details)
If you can't find a particular item please ask a member of staff in the Library or contact us so that we can look for it, on your behalf.

You can also find guidance on finding books in the LibGuide for your subject. 

  • E-books can be accessed online via your University username and password.

Comments (1)

  1. This question was the winner of the iPAD mini!
    by Lydia Matheson on 12 Oct, 2015.

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