COVID-19 ALERT

You may not be on campus but we are still here to help:

  • Your books have been renewed automatically until 30th September, so there is no need to worry about anything being overdue, or recalled.
  • click and collect service for books is operating. There is a web form to complete that gives details of how to request and collect items
  • Please hold on to any books you currently have on loan, if you need to return them you can either post them to us or drop them into the Visitor Centre next to McColls. Staff will remove them from your account next time they are on campus.
  • Please do speak to us if you need any help or advice, you can email us at libraryhelp@northampton.ac.uk 
  • E-Books and e-journals – and remember, around 80% of our resources are available online as e-books, e-journals or online videos, so check on NELSON to see what we hold electronically.   
  • Please do not stress about your library account or items. If you need any books or articles, please just get in touch. We are a friendly and helpful bunch, and are available online if you need us!! 😊😊😊

Answered By: Library Help
Last Updated: Aug 27, 2020     Views: 1

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!