What do the small letter prefixes mean on McClay Library shelfmarks?

Answered By: Diarmuid Kennedy
Last Updated: Feb 02, 2015     Views: 88

The lower case prefixes ff (double folio); f (folio); q (quarto) and p (pamphlet) are sometimes found before the main the shelfmark of books.  They indicate that the book is a ‘non-standard’ size. ff, f, and q volumes are all larger than standard, with ff being the largest format; p indicates that the volume is a pamphlet (these usually have less than 100 pages). 

These items are shelved together on each floor after the standard books.  Please ask at the nearest Enquiry Desk if you can't find the book you need.

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