How to Find an Item

  • Search the library catalogue and note the call number (recorded in the Shelf No field).

  • This same call number is reproduced on a label attached to the spine of the item.
  • The call number consists of a combination of letters and numbers and refers to the item’s location on the shelf.
  • Find the required section in the library and then look for the item within that section. The shelf arrangement of items is either in alphabetical or numerical order.

The table below explains the correlation between the call number as displayed in the library catalogue, the spine label attached to the item and the section of the library.

Call Number Spine Label

Library Floor

B HER B/HER B – Biography Located on Biography shelves
F ASI F ASI F – Fiction Located in Adult Fiction section
FL/FRENCH FL/ FRENCH FL – Foreign Literature Located in Foreign Literature section
JF GRI JF GRI JF – Junior Fiction Located in Children’s Library
J 100 J100 J – Junior Non Fiction Located in the main Non-Fiction collection
JK HER JK HER JK – Junior Kindergarten Located in Children’s Library
YA MAR YA JF/MAR YA – Young Adults Located in Young Adults section
F ASI Large Print F/LP ASI F/L/P – Large Print Fiction Located in Large Print section
MA M – Magazine Located in reading area
100 100 N/F – Non-Fiction Located in the Non-Fiction section
F PBK F/PBK PBK – Paperback Located on revolving bookstands
Q 100 Q100 Q – Quarto Located in Oversized books area
BQ HER QB/HER QB - Biographies Located at end of Quarto shelves
REF 100 REF 100 Ref. - Reference Books Not For Loan, Reference area
LOTE - Language Other Than English Located in LOTE section