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Library Essentials: Find a Book

Everything you need to know to get started in the Library

How to find a book using the catalogue

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

You can search the Library Catalogue from the UCC Library homepage by typing your search terms into the dialogue box, indicated here.


Choose your type of search. - Keyword (default), Author, Title or Subject  from the buttons above the box.

catalogue search box

Using the keyword search, enter words from the title, contents or subject. Click on the search icon or hit enter and browse your results. 


Below is an example of a book title showing bibliographic and location details. 


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

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