Finding items on the shelf
The shelf numbers and where you can find them
Items in the Library are organised by number (which correlates to the subject area), followed by the first three letters of the author’s name. For example, John Curtin: A Life by David Day has the shelf number 994.04092 DAY. Books in this range are in the history, geography and biography category.
The catalogue will always display the level on which the item is located.
Here’s where you can find the ten broad categories in the TL Robertson Library:
|000||Computer science, information and general works|
|100||Philosophy and psychology|
|500||Science (including mathematics)|
|700||Arts and recreation|
|900||History, geography and biography|
What do the letters before the shelf number mean?
Some shelf numbers have a letter preceding the number:
- B and Q: booklets and quartos (large books), which are located at the end of the aisles.
- P: a periodical (journal or magazine).
- F: a folio.
If an item is showing as available, but it’s not on the shelf
If the catalogue displays “Check shelf” next to your item, it should be available on the shelf. If you still can’t find it:
- check the sorting shelves for recently returned items.
- call extension 7166 on any internal telephone to ask for help in Robertson Library.