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
    Extract from Quick Find record: "Book: AVAILABLE, 598.0994 13 /8, Kelvin Grove Curriculum"
  • in the classic catalogue
    Extract from classic catalogue record with ITEM LOCN of Kelvin Grove Curriculum, CALL NO of 598.0994 13 /8 and STATUS of AVAILABLE.

Item location information (prefix, loan conditions etc.)

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:

J
598.0994
13 /8

Example Part Explanation
J Prefix

Checking the list of item locations shows that the prefix for "Kelvin Grove Curriculum" is J.

598.0994

Subject number

 

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

13

Running number

 

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)

/8

Edition statement

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 us for help locating it

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