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Catalan: Finding books

Subjects: Modern Languages


Books outside Oxford

If you find a book you want to use for research that is not held in Oxford you have two options:

  1. Request an interlibrary loan. Many items, including journal articles and theses, can be requested from the British Library or other libraries nationally and internationally.
  2. Suggest it for purchase. Subject consultants are always happy to consider suggestions for purchase. Please give as much detail as possible when making a request.

Find books in Oxford libraries

SOLO is the portal for searching all resources e.g books, journals and databases that are accessible through the University. When looking for a book or journal on SOLO, make sure you note the shelfmark and the location.

A variety of (sometimes confusing) shelfmarks can be found at the Taylorian, so two copies of an item may have the same shelfmark but be at different locations. Alternatively, two copies of the same book could have entirely different shelfmarks!

Always ask staff if you're not sure where to locate a particular book.

Teaching Collection

For undergraduates and taught graduates, you should be able to find the majority of the books on your reading lists in the teaching collections, housed in the Modern Languages Faculty Library (often known as the MLF). 

On SOLO, the location is shown as Taylor Institution Library Teaching Collection Books.

The status of a book is usually shown as MLF Books/Available. If the there is a date showing, this means that the book is on loan to someone else and will be returned by that date. If you wish to reserve the book, you should place a hold.

All Catalan books are shelved in the Library of Congress sequence on the first floor. Catalan books on literary topics are usually in the sequence PC3801 to PC3976. An example is Arthur Terry's A Companion to Catalan Literature, which can be found at shelfmark PC3901.T47 TER 2010. However, please be aware that some titles about the history, culture and politics of Catalonia may be classified in DP with Spanish history, or under H as social sciences texts.

The main entrance and staffed issue desk are located on the ground floor. Detailed guides to the classification schemes are available in the library. If you can't find what you're looking for, please ask staff at the issue desk.

Research Collection

Research material is housed in the main library, entrance on the second floor. Undergraduates, with the exception of final-year students, are not permitted to fetch books from the stacks themselves. If you need a book from the main library, please fill in a paper slip from the enquiry desk - check with library staff if you're not sure.

Final-year undergraduates, graduates and faculty members have access to all areas of the main stacks. Rare books or items housed in closed areas may still need to be requested on a slip and fetched by staff. Again, ask staff if you need any help.

There is a wide range of shelfmarks and locations in the main library, which can be confusing. Principal locations are:

•Taylor Institution Library
•Taylor Institution Library Main Stack LC Classification (new book sequence)
•Taylor Institution Library Linguistics Collection (in Linguistics Room off the gallery)
•Taylor Institution Library Short loan collection (confined items kept behind the enquiry desk - ask staff)

For Catalan material, there are two main shelfmark schemes in the main library:

Library of Congress (new books, in main stack)
CAT.XXXX.A.Y (original Catalan sequence in basement)
Periodicals and reference material also have their own shelfmarks and locations.
Periodicals may be in the Periodicals Reading Room at P.R.R., or at B.Per in Basement Periodicals.
Reference material is given the prefix Ref.

Note also the different status options for library material. 

Books/Closed Stack (must be requested online)
Reference / Closed Stack (must be requested online)

Confined material may not be borrowed.

Requesting items stored offsite

Taylorian books with the location note Stored Offsite and the status Closed Stack are housed in our book storage facility, so you will need to request the book by placing a hold. Books are delivered to the library twice-daily and can usually be borrowed, with the exception of old, rare or fragile material, and periodicals.

Bodleian books may also be requested to the Taylorian using the same hold request function. Please remember that Bodleian books are for reference use only and may not be borrowed.


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