What is a shelfmark?

Answered By: Susan Kirkpatrick
Last Updated: Dec 01, 2014     Views: 469

A shelfmark is a set of letters and numbers on the spine of a book or journal which indicates where the item is shelved in the Library.  For example, A History of Northern Ireland has the shelfmark of DA973 HENN. Books are shelved according to their shelfmark. Each shelf is clearly labelled. You will find the shelfmark by searching QCat Library catalogue. There are dedicated catalogue computers in all Queen's Libraries.

Below is a video that explains how you can use shelfmarks to find books and other items in the Library.


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