Find an item on the shelf
To find an item on the shelf you need to know the item location and call number.
This information is available in the item's record:
- in Quick Find
- in the classic catalogue
In the examples above the item location is "Kelvin Grove Curriculum" and the call number is "598.0994 13 /8". These will will show on the spine of the item as:
Checking the list of item locations shows that the prefix for "Kelvin Grove Curriculum" is J.
In this case, it is the subject number for Aves (Birds) in Australia.
Subject numbers are decimal, so 598.0994 will be shelved between 598.0993 and 598.09941
Assigned to each item at the same subject number.
This book is the thirteenth title at the subject number 598.0994
In the Law Library, this running number is replaced with 4 letters, often from the author's name (e.g. 345.56 ANDR)
If an item is not a first edition, an edition statement is added.
In this case the book is the eighth edition.
What do I do if the item isn't on the shelf?
- Check the reshelving trolleys and tables near the stacks and the photocopiers.
- Look around the study tables and carrels where another user may have left it.
- Double check the catalogue - did you jot the call number down correctly? Is it on loan? On Course Reserve or on Display?
- If you have looked for it several times on different days, ask the Librarian on the Library Helpdesk for help locating it