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How can I find books?

Plymouth Marjon Library has over 126,000 books …how do you know where to find the ones you need for your course?

First of all, visit our catalogue via http://bit.do/MJLib or find a Catalogue Computer on every floor of Marjon Library.

You can use the Catalogue just like a search engine. Type a few keywords into the search box to get started. For a more targeted search, change the fields menu to search for just the title, or just the author.

Now for a bit of context. Let’s say we wanted to search for books on Teaching Music. Type this into the search box and presto! This has given lots of results. To find out more about the books and where to locate them, click the blue title link of the book:

 

The pop out screen will tell you everything you need to find the book on the shelves:

The next thing to do is take a note of the Shelf Number as this will tell you where the book is stored. At Marjon Library, we use the Dewey Decimal System, which groups books of a similar subject into the same or similar Shelf Number. This means that you’ll often find other useful books in same section.

Once you have the book’s Shelf Number, you can start to look on the bookshelves on the 1st and 2nd Floors of Marjon Library. All of our books have a label on their spines; it’s just a matter of matching this with your Shelf-Number.

We always read the Shelf Number from left to right. So, if we were to find say, 372.87/JON, we would first look along the shelves for the books numbered 372. Within the 372 section, we would follow the shelves along until we find the books labelled 372.87. Finally, we narrow our search in the 372.87 section alphabetically, by locating the books 372.87/JON.

The books are stored on the shelves like sentences on a page – once you get to the end of the shelf-unit, continue looking on the shelf beneath it. If you reach the last book on the lowest shelf, continue to highest neighbouring shelf to the right:

Our books are stored across two floors. Use the table below to help you find your books:

Collection Location in Library Label
Main Library Books with shelf number 000-372 are on the 1st Floor.
Books with the Shelf Number 373-999 are on the 2nd Floor.
White label only
Teaching Practice 1st Floor, in the Teaching Practice area Red dot
Teaching Practice Oversize 1st Floor, in the Teaching Practice area Red dot and gold star
Oversize Found in the Oversize section, 2nd Floor of the Library Gold star

 

If you can’t find a book on the shelves, please ask at the Library Counter. A member of staff will be happy to help you.

Discovery – Video Help Guides

Can’t find books or journals?
These videos will get your
research off to the right start.

Quick Access Menu:


Introduction to Discovery

Searching for E-journals? Searching for E-books?
Why use Discovery? Searching for academic journals only. How can I use Discovery to find printed books in the Library?
Where is Discovery? How do I access a journal article that I’ve found? How do I use Discovery to find E-books?
Refining a basic search. Why can’t I find the full text of the article I found? How do I view the E-books I find?
Using advanced search. How do I get to read journal articles that are ‘abstract-only’? What features do the E-books have?
How do I save my search results?

1 Why use Discovery?

Simple. It’s the best way to start your research off to the right start. Back to top


2 Where is Discovery?

Find out how to start looking for books, journals and research papers. Back to top


Two great tips to make your research more targeted. Back to top


An effective way to speed up your research. Back to top


5 Searching for academic journals only.

Find out how to access our journal collections. Back to top


6 How do I access a journal article that I’ve found?

A guide to opening and saving articles. Back to top


7 Why can’t I find the full text of the article I found?

Some articles do not contain text – find out why. Back to top


8 How do I get to read journal articles that are ‘abstract-only’?

An introduction to Inter-Library Loans. Back to top


9 How can I use Discovery to find paper-based books in the Library?

A quick and easy way to browse our physical book collection. Back to top


10 How do I use Discovery to find E-books?

Find out how to search for E-books. Back to top


11 How do I view the E-books I find?

A simple demonstration of how to read or save E-books. Back to top


12 What features do the E-books have?

Learn how to navigate within E-books. Back to top


13 How do I save my search results?

A really useful way to store and track your research findings. Back to top

Here’s how to place a hold on books

1. Open the catalogue at: http://bit.do/MJLib

2. Log in using your Student Number (found underneath the Barcode on your Library Card).

Your password is 1111 until you change it.

3. Search for the item by its Title, Author or Keywords.
Once you have found your item, select it by clicking the Title in blue.


4. Reservations for items can only be placed once all other copies have been taken out by other users. If there is a due date next to the item, it means that it hasn’t been returned to the library yet.
To place a reservation, click ‘Place Hold’.

 

5. On the next screen, choose Main Library and ‘Place Hold’.

6. Check your Marjon email – we will let you know when your item is ready to collect.
You can pick up your item from the purple reservation shelf, Ground Floor of the Library.

7. The books are in alphabetical order.
Look for the first 3 letters of your surname and last 3 digits of your student number.

Can’t find your reservation? Ask at the main Library counter.

 

Here’s how to renew your books online

1. Open the catalogue at: http://bit.do/MJLib


2. Log in using your Student Number (found underneath the Barcode on your Library Card).

Your password is 1111 until you change it.

3. Click ‘My Account’ and then ‘Checkouts’ on the next page.

4. Click ‘Select All’ and then ‘Renew’. Click ‘Yes’ on the pop-up box that appears.

5. Make sure that the dates on your books have changed and make a note of the new dates on yours phone planner.



6. Dates not changed? Overdue books you can’t renew? Blocked Account? Any other problems?

 

Email us!
libraryenquiries@marjon.ac.uk
Or call us on 01752 761145.