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Accessions Catalogue

The Accessions Catalogue

The Accessions Catalogue in 2014

The Accessions Catalogue was the main discovery tool for the Library for about 100 years from 1872, when the Printed Catalogue was published, and up to 1964, when it was closed in the lead up to the building of the Berkeley Library.

About 80% of the half-million records in the Accessions Catalogue have been converted into records now in Stella Search, following two retrospective conversion programmes during 1996-2009. However, there are still some 100,000 entries in the Accessions Catalogue for Library books not recorded elsewhere. Unfortunately, these entries are distributed across the whole catalogue and are not easily identified.

The Catalogue is described by librarians as a guard-book catalogue and the records are typescript slips pasted onto pages held in 436 volumes that were shelved in Iveagh Hall in the Berkeley Library. As the sole set of physical volumes were deteriorating, a digital surrogate was made so that full access to all the individual volumes will be maintained.

The digital images of each page are currently mounted in Flickr and can be accessed using the links below for individual alphabetical sequences.

The Accessions Catalogue should be checked for any material published before 1964 and not found in Stella Search. All items recorded are in Closed Access stores and must be requested by using a call slip.