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Categories of Collection

Whether readers can borrow material, and for how long, is dependent on their status in the University and the type of material. For example, no reader may borrow journal issues from the Library. Items must be returned to the Service Counter from which they are issued.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRIVILEGES ASSOCIATED WITH BORROWING ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE.

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Open Shelf Collections

The following are located in the reading rooms of the Berkeley/Lecky/Ussher (BLU), Hamilton and John Stearne Medical Libraries.

Undergraduate Lending Collection

Prefixes:

  • LEN in BLU Libraries - four week or one week (with yellow spot) loan
  • S-LEN in the Hamilton Library - one week loan
  • SJ in the John Stearne Medical Library - one week loan
  • MUS LEN in the Ussher Library - one week loan

In addition, not technically part of the Undergraduate Loan Collection, but available to all readers with borrowing privileges including undergraduates:

  • P-MUS LEN in the Ussher Library - four week loan

Open Access Collection

Prefixes:

  • Most Open Access material in the BLU has no prefix, simply the shelfmark
  • Some material in the BLU has the legacy prefix ARTS
  • No prefix in the Hamilton Library
  • SJR in the John Stearne Medical Library

Closed Access Collection - Stacks

These items are in storage, either on campus or the Santry Book Repository, and must be requested using an Automated Stacks Request (ASR) or call slip.

Counter Reserve Collection

These items are located by the Service Counters of the Berkeley (PDF 101KB), Hamilton (PDF 31KB) and John Stearne Medical Libraries (PDF 83KB). They may not be removed from the reading rooms of the library in which they are located (any reading room in the BLU for items borrowed from the Berkeley Library) - items are borrowed for use in the Library only.

  • Students and staff may borrow up to four books (three books for weekly-paid staff on permanent contracts) from the Counter Reserve Collection in addition to any other books they have borrowed
  • Items are issued for five hours
  • Must be returned to the appropriate Service Counter
  • Heavy fines for late return

Behind Counter Collection

These items cannot be borrowed. They must be asked for at the Service Counters of the Berkeley (PDF 101KB), Hamilton (PDF 31KB) and John Stearne Medical Libraries (PDF 83KB) as appropriate.

Reference Collection

These items cannot be borrowed. Some material is available directly from reading rooms, some is in Closed Access.

Journals

Prefixes PER, SER

Theses

Prefix THESIS. More information on theses is available.

Other Material

DIR (in most cases)

VP

BAN

PAM

REF

BIB

OL

CAT

OPUB (in some cases)

Early Printed Books and Special Collections

These items cannot be borrowed, and may only be consulted in the Early Printed Books Reading Room.

Most items are in storage, either on campus or the Santry Book Repository, and must be requested using a call slip.

Manuscripts and Archives Research Library Collections

These items cannot be borrowed, and may only be consulted in the Manuscripts and Archives Research Library.