Catalogues & searching

Located on one floor, the Library is of a manageable size for browsing. However, you are strongly recommended to use the online catalogue to locate particular titles, since it is likely that a good proportion of the stock is circulating at any one time.

The Lee Library catalogue is available via iDiscover, which is the catalogue interface used by most libraries in the University.

Starting your search

The iDiscover interface on the Lee Library homepage has been specially configured to search the holdings of the Lee Library only, so this is the best place to start if you want to know if a book is held here. If you start your search from the iDiscover main page you will retrieve results from all of the libraries which contribute to the iDiscover catalogue (the UL, most faculty and departmental libraries, and most colleges) and must go on to select Wolfson College from the drop-down menu of locations (on the right hand side of any results page) in order to limit your search to the Lee Library holdings.

Some useful notes to help with searching can be found on this iDiscover LibGuide. If you have any questions about search strategies, or need assistance with a particular enquiry, please ask the Librarian or attend a Wolfson Skills for Academic Success session. In addition, expert help on using iDiscover is available from training sessions at the University Library. Further information is available from their training pages.

Viewing catalogue records

Your initial results page will give you the brief record(s) of any book(s) matching your search terms. Click on any of the underlined areas in the record you want in order to view the full record, at the bottom of which is a section headed 'item availability', which lists the libraries which hold a copy or copies of the book, along with the book's classmark at that library, and availability information.

Finding the book on the shelf

Books in the Lee Library are classified according to a modified version of the Dewey Decimal Classification (20th edition). The Dewey number can be found at the top of the spine of the book. Because there may be more than one book classified to that number, each book is given a running number (the number in brackets in the classmark, found at the bottom of the book's spine) so that you can pinpoint it exactly in the sequence of books on the shelf. So, the book with classmark 339 (16) is the 16th book in the sequence of books classified at 339 (the classmark for macroeconomics).

Using the Floorplan of the Reading Room, which shows the location of each sequence of classmarks (i.e. each subject area) in the library, you should be able to find the book on the shelves (provided it is not on loan). Please ask a member of Library staff if you are having difficulty.

Books with classmarks including the word 'Stack' are shelved in the basement and need to be fetched by Library staff. Most of these items are borrowable, but for reasons of space are not shelved in the main Reading Room. Please do ask if you come across one of these, as they can be fetched in a very short time.

Please ask the Library staff if you need assistance! We are happy to help!