SOLO is a site which serves as the catalogue for almost every library in Oxford (more than 100 libraries). It will tell you the location of any physical book and also provide you with a link to read an e-book or electronic article if access has been paid for by the University.
If you need to read something for your course, you should always start by searching for it in SOLO and not Google.
Our main system is Dewey Decimal
Most books are organised numerically by subject (820s are English Literature) and then subdivided after the decimal point (821.171 is Chaucer). If there are any letters after the decimals, these books go at the front of the sequence in alphabetical order.
Some sections of the Library are grouped as named collections. For example the ground floor of Hartland House hosts several thousand books bequeathed to the College by Canon Claude Jenkins in 1959. All of these books have a shelfmark beginning with 'Jenkins'
Jenkins 821.171 50
Books left to the College by Rosemary Pountney and Marjorie Reeves begin RP and MR (also on the ground floor of Hartland House):
RP 822.912 BEC:BUN
MR 270 BUO:Tra
Translation & Travel
The translations section groups all books translated from another language. They begin TR (found on the first floor landing in Hartland House):
TR 842 VOL:Bra
Books on travel and exploration begin TE and are on the ground floor of Hartland House.
TE 420 5
St Anne's Authors
Books by our alumnae and tutors are grouped on the ground floor of Hartland House. These follow a sequence beginning ANNE followed by the last name of the author. Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea is at:
The Welfare section on the ground floor of Hartland House groups together self help books dealing with anxiety, stress, exam tips, happiness, writing and much more. These all begin 'Welfare'
Welfare 808.1 HAP:Lab