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The Library catalogue is part of the University's online catalogue, Newton. Choose iDiscover (to search all libraries across the University) or the Departments and Faculties A-E database; you can search our holdings from anywhere in the world, or via the computers in the Library. Want help with iDiscover? Please look at http://libguides.cam.ac.uk/idiscover ; help for using Newton. Also, just ask a member of library staff for help.

Books are arranged in the following sections:

Ground floor

Mezzanine floor

1

Dictionaries, encyclopaedias, grammars, atlases, concordances

8

History since 1600

2

Bible as a whole, plus Bibles & commentaries

9

Christian doctrine, ethics & theology

3

Old Testament

10

Philosophy of religion, social science, science & religion, ethics, literature1

4

Judaism

11

Islam2

5

New Testament

12

Liturgy & worship, homiletics, ecclesiology

6

History to 1600     

13

Periodicals

7

Patristics and classical texts

14

Bibliographies, librarianship

 

 

15

Buddhism2

 

 

16

Hinduism2

 

 

17

Other religions or religious movements2

 

 

18

Comparing religions / dialogues between them / inter-faith1 & 2

 

 

19

Religion & Anthropology, politics, society & gender1

 

The class mark usually consists of the section number followed by the first few letters of the author’s name, except in Section 1 and for pamphlets where the first 3 letters of the title are used. Commentaries in Section 2 are arranged by series.

 

Since October 2016:

Newly-acquired books have triggered adding a running number to older books. Also, secondary literature is highlighted by the “name of the writer/theologian” (4 letters) plus scholar’s name (3 letters). The volume number within a multi-volume work is captured by using a dot and the number. Where multiple copies of a book exist, these are indicated by the copy number in square brackets.

 

Since May 2016:

1 Newly-acquired books relating to religion & anthropology, politics, society & gender will now go into section 18 and 19, but previously-acquired books are all in section 10.

2 Newly-acquired books relating to Buddhism, Hinduism and other religions or religious movements are being placed in section 15, 16, and 17. However, most previously-acquired books covering these areas are still in section 11.

The following sub-section can be found in sections 11, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19:

  • A = general (not clearly any of the below)
  • B = scriptures or primary texts  ( e.g. holy writings or letters, in any language, incl. English translations)
  • C = commentary on, or interpretation of scriptures
  • G = Gender studies
  • H = historic
  • P = Politics
  • S = Sociology and relating to society and politics
  • Y = Psychology