Answered By: Carole Rhodes
Last Updated: Oct 12, 2017     Views: 8

We are making it easier for students to find the books they need.  For many years the Harold Cohen Library has had books shelved in two separate sequences and now this is being rationalised.

In summer 2017, we moved some of the less-used material to the Brunswick Library Store.  We are now changing the class numbers of Computing, Electrical Engineering and Engineering books.  They will change from UDC (just numbers) to Library of Congress (letters and numbers.) 

These books, currently on the Upper Ground Floor, will be given LC class numbers.  During the reclassification, there will be a UDC sequence and an LC sequence on the Upper Ground Floor.

Once they all have their new class numbers, the books will be moved from their current location and interfiled with the rest of the books in the Harold Cohen Library.

Look up your book on the library catalogue to find its class number – the library catalogue will always have the up-to-date information.

While these changes are made, signage will be in place and staff will be available to help. 

Having all the books in a single class number sequence will have the following advantages:

  • A collection that is up-to-date and easy for students and staff to navigate.
  • A single logical sequence to facilitate discovery and browsing.
  • New areas of research suitably differentiated (because LC is a modern scheme.)
  • Interdisciplinary subjects found together rather than dispersed across the library.
  • Students studying modules across different disciplines (e.g. Computer Science and Management) and using both libraries will find their books easily using a familiar scheme.
  • New books will be available for borrowing sooner, because our suppliers can supply books with LC class numbers ‘shelf-ready’.

We also hope to create more study space on the Upper Ground Floor once the books have moved.  

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