Library books are available in two formats: traditional print books or electronic books (also known as e-books). Irrespective of format, all books have a number of standard features. Understanding these features will help you find content relevant to your studies. Often you will not be expected to read a single book cover to cover but rather navigate several books and extract relevant information.
Search for e-books in Library Search. Select the title you are interested in and click on the Full text availability link to access the e-book. Library e-books can be read online (both on and off-campus) and some will allow you to download content for a fixed period. NB e-book titles vary in their licencing restrictions; see E-books Guide for more details.
Search for print books in Library Search. If the book is out on loan, it will say Out of library; if it is on the shelf, it will say Available.
If the book is available to borrow, take a note of the book location and shelfmark eg McClay Library, Floor 2, LB2369 BOOT
Each print book has a shelfmark, which is a combination of letters and numbers on the spine of the book. This will indicate on which shelf the book is located.
Break the shelfmark 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 a book - don't forget we are here to help!
Print reading list books in heavy demand are kept in the Short Loan Collection on the ground floor of the McClay Library. Library Search will tell you if a book is in the Short Loan Collection and whether it has a 2 Night or 7 Night loan period.