What do the prefixes before the shelfmarks in Special Collections mean?
Answered By: Susan Kirkpatrick Last Updated: Mar 27, 2020 Views: 65
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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