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Psychology: Books

Library support for the School of Psychology

Where to Find Print Books in the Library

Most Psychology books are shelved in the BF section on Floor 1 of The McClay Library. However, Psychology books can also be found in the LB section (Educational Psychology), HM section (Social Psychology) on Floor 1 and in the R-RC section on Floor 3 (Health and Clinical Psychology).

QCat Library Catalogue (on the Library homepage) will give you the full shelfmark of a particular book. You can search for keywords in the book title and/or author's surname. You can also search for a topic you are interested in to see what books we have on that subject.

Short Loan Books

Reading List books in heavy demand are kept in the Short Loan Collection which is located on the ground floor next to the Borrower Services Desk.

Medical Library

There are some Clinical Psychology books in the Medical Library at the Royal Victoria Hospital. You can visit the Medical Library to borrow books or you can ask for books to be sent to the McClay Library for you to collect. Ask at the Borrower Services Desk at the McClay Library for more details (028 9097 6135,

Understanding Shelfmarks

Each book has a shelfmark, which is a combination of letters and numbers. Break this down into sections to make it easier to find the book you are looking for. For example:

Still confused? Don't worry, just ask at one of the Enquiry Desks if you can't find what you are looking for - don't forget we are here to help!


You also have access to a large number of e-books via QCat Library Catalogue. For more information, see the E-books LibGuide.

Books on Reading Lists

If you are having problems getting hold of the books on your Reading Lists or if you think there aren't enough copies of a particular title, please let me know. I can buy additional copies or transfer books to Short Loan if appropriate.

Drop me an email at and I will do my best to help.

QCat and Shelf-marks - Finding Stuff

Books in Other Libraries

If you want to see what academic books are available in other libraries, you can search Copac. Copac is the combined catalogue of major UK and Irish libraries, including the British Library, university libraries and specialist research libraries. Academic staff and Research Postgraduate students can apply for books not held by Queen's through the Inter-Library Loan scheme.