Answered By: Maddy
Last Updated: Jul 10, 2024     Views: 45

The Official Publications section has its own unique classification scheme. The shelf marks look very different to shelf marks used elsewhere in the Library. However, they are designed to help you locate an item, with each section of the shelf mark narrowing your search on the shelves. Below you will find examples of the main types of shelf marks with an explanation of the meaning of each section. This should help you understand the shelf mark you have found on the Library catalogue and locate the item you require.

If you do not know the shelf mark of an item, please use the Library catalogue to find it. You search for all nonparliamentary publications in the same way that you would search for a book or journal elsewhere in the Library. If you need any help, please contact for further assistance.


The following acts as a guide on how to find individual publications, publications in a series or journals, within the official publications sections:

If you are unable to find the item that you need, please speak to staff at the Information Hub desk on the ground floor of the library.