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Finding English Faculty Library Books: Introduction

Subjects: English

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers using the English Faculty Library, Bodleian Libraries. 

Use this guide to find out how books are arranged in the EFL. 


Most shelfmarks on SOLO will look something like this:

PR4656.A2.R49 ELI 2008


Some items on SOLO will have extra information about where to find them, for example, if the item says In-house Classification beneath it then you will find in the In-house section on the ground floor.

Organisation of subjects

Shelfmarks A – PR 2411 are located on the ground floor of the library, while shelfmarks PR 2411 – Z are located upstairs. 

Downstairs you will find:

  • All oversize books
  • PE - Language and Linguistics
  • PN - General Literary Theory
  • PN - Film Studies
  • PR1-2411 - English Literature up to 1550


The upstairs LCC sequence contains:

  • PR2411-7999 - English Literature from 1550 to the present day
  • PR 8000-8999 – Scottish, Irish and Welsh literature
  • PR 9000’s - English literature from outside of Great Britain (excluding America)
  • PS - American Literature

The following books can also be found upstairs, on the shelves around the gallery:

  • PT - Germanic literature (including works in translation)
  • Q-TX - Science, medicine, agriculture and technology
  • Z - Bibliography and palaeography 

More information on the organisation of books in the EFL can be found on our website: Collections and resources at the English Faculty Library | Bodleian Libraries (