Q. How do I physically find an item on the shelf?


StarPlus will display a shelfmark for each item that is physically stocked in one of our libraries. You need to note the library, sequence, and shelfmark of the item in order to locate it. You should also check the availability and status to ensure there is a copy available currently.

In the example below, the book is held in the Information Commons library, and shelved in the Main Sequence. The shelfmark is 362.1 (C). Although the library stocks two copies of the book, just one copy is available as the other is on loan already. You can also see an option for 'location details' which will give a more detailed overview of where books on each floor of the library are kept. In each of our libraries there are signs on the ends of every shelf to help direct you to specific shelfmarks, and we have maps and floorplans of each library.

Most of our shelfmarks use the Dewey system, as in the example below. However, books stocked in the Health Sciences Libraries use the National Library of Medicine sequence. There is a Guide to Dewey and a Guide to National Library of Medicine available to help you to further understand shelfmarks, with a list of shelfmarks by subject if you wish to browse.

  • Last Updated Nov 29, 2019
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  • Answered By Alison Morton

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