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Planning: Books / e-books

Finding books and e-books

QUB library holds thousands of books and e-books on planning and related subjects. Find them by searching the Library Catalogue, on the Library homepage.

Most books on planning are shelved on Floor 1 of the McClay Library.Relevant shelfmarks include:

  • HD - Housing
  • HE - Transport
  • HT - Urban, rural and regional planning

Short Loan: Books which are on module reading lists and in high demand are kept in the Short Loan Collection on the ground floor of the McClay Library.

E-books can be accessed both on campus and from home. Find the required book on the Library catalogue and follow the "Queen's Online Resource (Queen's Staff and Students Only)" link. You may be asked to log in with your QUB ID card details.


You can access e-books via the Library Catalogue, both on campus and from home. For more information, have a look at our e-book guide.

Finding books on the library catalogue

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 fetch a book from the shelf, you may find other books on  similar topics beside it.

This diagram shows how to read a shelfmark.


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 Library Hub Discover (the combined catalogues of more than 140 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 a temporary loan of the book from another library via the Inter-Library Loans service Alternatively, email your subject librarian, Irene Bittles, if you think the book should be purchased for QUB Library. Email: