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Answered By: Library Help
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2020     Views: 29

A shelfmark is a set of numbers followed by three letters found on the spine of a library book. These numbers represent the topic that the book covers, and are used to help sort the books into order on the library shelves. This means when you are looking for a book, you can find the shelfmark number and then go through the books in order until you get to the right book. Also, because the books are sorted by shelfmark number (which represents the topic), it means that books on the shelves around the same number will cover very similar topics!

This is really handy if you're looking for a book or browsing the shelves, but it does look confusing to start with. Books start on the second floor of the Learning Hub at shelfmark 001, and continue up through the third floor and onto the fourth floor, where the end at shelfmark 999.999.

Don't worry, everyone takes a bit of time to get used to this system. It can help to practice finding books and resources, but you can always ask a member of Library staff who will be happy to help you find a resource!