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Library Essentials: Find a Book

Search the Library Catalogue

The Library Catalogue is a listing of most of the material, both hardcopy and online that the Library holds.

1. Type your search terms into the dialogue box and you will receive a list of results.

Example of the type of result you might get back, showing bibliographic and location details:

2. Note the LOCATION and CALL# of the book and go to the floor 

3. Check the end-of-range signs and find the range that has this CALL#.

4. Follow the spine labels of the books in numerical, then alphabetical order til you locate the book you need.

Prefixes on CALL Numbers

 U            Short loan, one week and has a yellow label

 f             Folio – large books, shelved separately on each floor.

 p            Pamphlet – very slim item, shelved in main collection

 R            Reference, library use only. Will have a reference sticker on front

 M           Music Score, library use only and shelved near the AV area on Q+3

 N           DVD or CD and shelved in the AV area on Q+3 

 DM         Research Masters thesis, library use only and kept in Q-1 Special Collections

 DP          Doctoral thesis, library use only and kept in Special Collections Q-1

 HS          Brookfield Health Sciences Library

 W           Cork University Hospital

 

Books in Special Collections have the collection name in front of the call number e.g. Lynch 340.1 OCON,  TT 759.3 NORT and are for library use only.

Books in Official Publications have the prefixes IRL, NI, UK, EDC and INT and are for library use only. These are located on q+2 after the Law Journals.

 

Dewey Decimal Classification System

The Library uses the  Dewey Decimal System of Classification (DDC) for subject classification, which ensures that items are physically arranged in a logical sequence. 

In the Boole Library the main collections are distributed across the three upper floors as follows:


Q+1  Science, Engineering & Food Science

  000 - 099  Generalities & Computing

  500 - 599  General Sciences

  600 - 699  Applied Sciences (Technology)


Q+2  Business, Social Sciences, Law.

  100 - 199   Philosophy & Psychology 

  200 - 299   Religion

  300 - 399   Social Sciences

  340 - 349   Law

  400 - 499   Languages,  including  Language Dictionaries.


Q+3  Arts, Humanities, Multi-Media

  700 - 799   The Arts

  800 - 899   Literature & Rhetoric

  900 - 999   Geography & History


In Boston Scientific Health Sciences Library - Brookfield,  books are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal system but the majority of them lie within the Medicine subject range. i.e. 610 - 619

Cork University Hospital Library has a smaller collection of books that also lie mainly in the medicine subject range. i.e.  610 - 619.

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