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Planning, Architecture & Civil Engineering: Books / e-books

Finding print books in the McClay Library

Use the Library Catalogue to find the books you need. Each book has a shelfmark consisting of letters and numbers. The shelfmarks are used to group books on the same topic together, so when you go to the shelves to fetch one book you may find other useful books beside it.

This diagram shows how to read a shelfmark.


Standard Loan books on Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering are shelved across all three subject floors of the McClay Library:

  • Floor 1
    • HD Housing
    • HT Planning
  • Floor 2
    • NA Architecture
  • Floor 3
    • TA Civil Engineering
    • TC Hydraulics
    • TD Environmental Engineering
    • TE Highways
    • TG Bridges
    • TH Building Construction 

Finding a wider range of books using other library catalogues

Sometimes QUB Library will not have a particular book you need, or enough books on your topic.

You can use COPAC (the combined catalogues of 80 major UK and Irish libraries) or WorldCat to identify relevant books which are not available at Queen's. If you identify a useful book, you can request it via the Inter-Library Loans service or email your subject librarian, Irene Bittles, if you think th book should be purchased by the Library. Email:

Short Loan Books

Books in high demand because they are on reading lists are kept in the Short Loan Collection which is located on the ground floor of the McClay Library, next to the Borrower Services Desk. Short Loan copies of a book have the same shelfmark as copies on Standard Loan.


The Library has thousands of ebooks and they are all included in QCat Library Catalogue. You can easily link from QCat to the full text.

Construction contracts

JCT contracts

You can access JCT contracts online through the Construction Information Service database. After logging in, please ensure that you click on the option to view "The Construction Information Service - CIS" rather than any of the other products offered. Then type in JCT and search.

NEC Contracts

NEC3 contracts can be borrowed from the McClay Library. An additional set is also available in the library for reference use.

NEC3 : the contracts (catalogue link)

NEC3 : guidance notes and flow charts (catalogue link)

Reference Books

The Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering reference books (eg encyclopaedias and handbooks) can be found at the start of the book sequence on each floor. Reference books, which can only be used in the Library, can be recognised by the R/ at the beginning of the shelfmark:

  • Floor 1 - R/HD, R/HT
  • Floor 2 - R/NA
  • Floor 3 - R/TA, R/TC, R/TD/ R/TE, R/TG, R/TH

Area plans are shelved separately from the other Planning reference material in the RAP/HT reference section on Floor 3.