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

Answered By: Susan Kirkpatrick
Last Updated: May 10, 2017     Views: 46

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). Additional information available on our Books, Bibliographies and Journals web page. More detailed information on Special Collections holdings, including our discrete collections, can be found on the RASCAL website.

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