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

Answered By: Special Collections
Last Updated: Aug 11, 2023     Views: 172

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).

Visit our Book Collections web page for more information and links to Special Collections book collections. 

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