Library books are available in two formats: traditional printed 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.
QUB library holds a wide range of printed books and e-books that are relevant to your studies. To find these books, search the library catalogue (on the library homepage).
The Catalogue provides a listing of all books available to you as a student at QUB.
Each printed 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:
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You will find information on borrowing and returning books (including how many books you can borrow) here.
Printed reading list books in heavy demand are kept in the Short Loan Collection on the ground floor of the McClay Library. These books can be borrowed for either 2 Nights or 7 Nights; the library catalogue will provide the Loan Type for each title.
Search for e-books in the library catalogue and use the link in the record to connect to the full text. Library e-books can be read online (both on campus and at home) 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.
If you want to see what academic books are available in libraries outside of QUB, you could try searching Library Hub Discover. This is the combined catalogue of major UK and Irish libraries, including the British Library, university libraries and specialist research libraries. Staff and students can apply for books not held by QUB through the Inter-Library Loan scheme.