What is a shelfmark?

Answered By: Susan Kirkpatrick
Last Updated: Mar 12, 2020     Views: 1063

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 the Library catalogue.

How do shelfmarks work?

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