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Find Books Fast: Help


Find Books Fastpile of books

Do you struggle to find books using Discovery, the Library Catalogue or on the shelves?

Discover the quickest and most efficient ways to find books in the Library.

At the end of this introductory guide, you should be able to:

  • Search for books using Discovery and the Library Catalogue
  • Understand what a shelfmark is (Dewey Decimal Classification)
  • Find a book on the shelves
  • Manage your Library account
  • Create your own lists of useful books
  • Use Reading Lists Online

This guide is aimed at undergraduates but is suitable for any level of study.

Search for Books




Use this quick search to discover books within our entire collection, both print and electronic.

Library catalogue search

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When searching for a specific book in Discovery or the Library Catalogue, use the author's surname and a keyword from the title of the book.  This approach is particularly useful if you do not know the full title of the book you are searching for.

My Account

Log in to My Account through the Catalogue to:

  • check what you have out on loan (or what you have previously borrowed)
  • confirm when items are due back
  • find out whether you have to pay fines
  • renew your loans
  • see if you have any reservations or Inter Library Loans to pick up
  • change your PIN number

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