What do the prefixes before the shelfmarks in Special Collections mean?

Answered By: Susan Kirkpatrick
Last Updated: Feb 02, 2015     Views: 42

Books and Journals held in Special Collections are divided into three main categories: date, subject and personal library collections, this is denoted by a prefix before the shelfmark.  The more common prefixes used in Special Collections include h (indicating the Hibernica Collection of books relating to and/or published in Ireland); w (indicating books printed between 1701 and 1801) and y (indicating books printed pre 1701). More detailed information on Special Collections holdings, including our discrete collections, can be found on the RASCAL website.

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