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How to find books in the Library

Use the Library website to search for books and ebooks:

Search tip: If looking for a specific book, type the author's surname and keywords from the title of the book in the search box and select the 'Find books' option.

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Reading lists

Most modules will have an online reading list. Reading lists often provide links to essential and recommended readings for the module. They can also be a good starting point for finding books and other resources for assignments. Reading lists can be accessed via the relevant module site on Blackboard.  Alternatively go to the Reading Lists site directly and search by module code or name.

More information on reading lists is available on the Library guide Reading lists: a guide for students

How to find books in the Lincoln campus libraries

How to take books out using the self-service machines

Inter-library loans

Inter-library loans are requests for items not held in our collections to be obtained via other libraries. Due to current restrictions only electronic versions of journal articles, conference papers and single book chapters can be obtained. For more details and to make requests go to the Library's Inter-library loans page.


The books in the libraries are organised by the Dewey Decimal System. Each book has a number on the spine called a shelfmark.  The majority of books for your subject will be located in the University Library.  However, due to the interdisciplinary nature of some topics, relevant books will also be located in the Biomedical & Health Sciences Library. 

In the University Library, the first floor has books with shelfmark numbers from 000-649 (apart from 340-349.99 which are in the Law Library on the third floor) and the second floor has books with numbers from 650-999.

The Biomedical & Health Sciences Library is located on the first floor of the Medical School building. 

Try browsing the shelves for books on a particular topic or search on the Library catalogue ( to find out where the books are located.

Useful Shelfmarks for Geography include:

304      Human Geography
550      Earth Sciences
551      Physical Geography
553      Economic Geology

New Books for Geography

Details of new books that have recently arrived in the Library are available on the New books for Geography 21-22 reading list.