Find out about our ebooks collection:
We have almost a million print books across the University Library, most of which can be borrowed.
All books are included on YorSearch.
For help using YorSearch, including search tips, see:
Have a look at our Borrowing web page for information on how to borrow, return and renew books and how many you can borrow and for how long.
The pages give information on requesting items currently on loan to someone else and booking items in the Key Texts Collections, closed stacks and Rare Books Collection.
All of our books have a shelf location, linking similar subjects together.
The shelf location is a combination of letters and numbers.
For example G 5.815 LUM is the shelf location of the book by Steve Lumby called Corporate Finance:
G represents Economics
5 is the business section within economics
.8 is the management section within the business section
.815 is the corporate finance subsection
LUM is the first three letters of the author's name
The numbers are decimal numbers.
So, for example:
G 5.815 comes before G 5.82
You also need to make a note of the Collection. For example, remember that Quarto (oversize) books are shelved at the end of the ordinary size books in each subject.
|L-LL||Art (Books & Folios)|
|MZ-MZW||Language and Linguistics|
|J||Law (Books & Journals)|
|Y||Medicine, Nursing (Books & Journals)|
|DA||Social Policy and Social Work|
|LN-LT||Theatre, Film and Television|
Although many reference sources are now available on the web, sometimes it's quicker to look up information in a print publication, and sometimes the information isn't yet available online.
We limit use of reference resources to the Library so that they are always available for quick reference.
There are several collections which are for use in the Library only: