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Browsing the shelves

The Bodleian Social Science Library uses the Library of Congress Classification Scheme to arrange books according to their subject matter.

The book collection is arranged along one side of the library according to shelfmark (the series of letters and numbers given in the catalogue record of the book, corresponding to a label on the spine of the book. These are also known as call numbers), in an A-Z sequence.

A small reference collection including encyclopaedias and dictionaries is located opposite the issue desk. Shelfmarks for these items begin with the prefix "REF.". 

There is a new research books display at the end of the issue desk. The display includes both legal deposit material relating to the social sciences and purchased books recommended by the library's Subject Consultants. Our new books page is updated monthly, so you can keep up to date with the latest acquisitions online.

Once you have finished using a book, please return it to the relevant shelving trolley so that it can be replaced on the shelf by staff and used by the next reader. One shelving trolley is designated for "library use only" books as they are shelved as a priority on a daily basis.  If you are not sure where to put your books then please ask a member of staff, who will be happy to help.

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