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Location of Large, Pamphlets, Stack, Store and Recently returned

Items that are large, small, old, or recently returned are kept in different places in the libraries.

When you look at an individual item record in the classic catalogue, you may come across the following terms under the "location" or the "shelf mark" information.

Large books

These are generally shelved at the end of their subject.

There is a separate section for "Stack Large" books on level 8 of the Edward Boyle Library and also for most Large books on floor 2 of the Brotherton Library West Building.


In the Edward Boyle Library, pamphlets are shelved at the end of their subject.

In the Brotherton Library, pamphlets for all subjects are shelved together in the mobile shelving on floor 2 of the West Building.


The stack is a set of rolling shelves that allows more items to be shelved in a space.

In the Edward Boyle Library, the stack is on level 8.

In the Brotherton Library, there are stacks in the West Building floor 2.

Store items

Some older materials and all PhD theses are held in the Library stores. To request store items use the "In store – request here" link. The turnaround time is usually a minimum of 48 hours (weekdays)

Recently returned areas

In each part of the Library there are sections for books waiting to be put back on the shelves. If the book you need is not where it should be on the shelf, check the recently returned areas.

The recently returned areas on each floor are marked on the floorplans for the Brotherton, Edward Boyle, Health Sciences and Laidlaw libraries.