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Finding books

All Divinity Library books are part of the University's online catalogue: Choose iDiscover (to search all libraries across the University); you can search our holdings from anywhere in the world, or via the computers in the Library. Want help with iDiscover? Please look at Also, just ask a member of library staff for help.

Books are arranged in the following sections:

Divinity Library, floor plan ground floor

Divinity Library, floor plan, mezzanine


Dictionaries, encyclopaedias, grammars, atlases, concordances


History since 1600


Bible as a whole, plus Bibles & commentaries


Christian doctrine, ethics & theology


Old Testament 10

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




Old section 11 [nothing added to it any more since March 2016]2


New Testament





History to 1600


Liturgy & worship, homiletics, ecclesiology


Patristics and classical texts






 Bibliographies, librarianship










Other religions or religious movements




Comparing religions / dialogues between them / inter-faith




Religion & Anthropology, politics, society & gender




Literary works



21 Science/ Science and Religion




Art and architecture

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 2015, we have started adding a running number to newly-acquired and existing books, and have also been more consistent in highlighting secondary literature 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. Sadly, all this is still a work in progress (as of September 2020), and will remain to be on our to-do list for at least 10 to 15 further years.

Before May 2016 any newly-acquired books relating to religion & anthropology, politics, society & gender went into section 8 or 10. Since then we have put them into the (newer) sections 18 and 19, there are still a lot of previously-acquired books in sections 8 and 10. Equally, all newly-acquired books relating to Buddhism, Hinduism and other religions or religious movements have been placed into their own sections 15, 16, and 17, since May 2016 . A fair number of previously-acquired books covering religions and religious movements are still in the old section 11. Islam was moved into the new section 11 (i.e. with sub-divisions:


Sub-sections for sections 11, 15, 16, 18 and 19:

Sub-sections for section 17 only:


A = general (not clearly any of the below)

A = any religions/movements not covered 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

C = Confucianism


G = Gender studies



H = historic

K = kami-no-michi / Shintoism


L -= Legal aspects / Law

S = Sikhism


P = Politics

T = Taoism / Daoism


S = Sociology and relating to society and politics



Y = Psychology

Z = Zoroastrianism


20: Literary works

21: Science/ Science and Religion

22: Art and architecture




A = general (not clearly any of the below)


B = Biology

B = Buildings


C = Chemistry



E = Ethics, environmentalism



G= Genetics


H = History (e.g. an overview of C19 English literature)

H = History (of science, no strong perspective on TRS)

H = History

N = novels and & forms of narration

M = Medicine

M = monuments (incl. graves)

P = plays, dramas, stage works

P = Physics

S = Sculpture

T = literary theory

R = Science and Religion

T = art theory

V = Verse and poetry

T = Astronomy; Astrophysics; Astrobiology

V = visual arts (paintings, drawings, …)


Y = Psychology