The Index is sorted by Dewey Decimal Classification, then by Artist if appropriate, then by author surname. Other sorting orders are possible. On the shelves the books are filed by Dewey Class but then randomly within each class. (Any volunteers to get them into the Index order?). 'Oversize' books are noted and are stored in the far-right cabinet irrespective of class number. Books with duplicate copies are noted.
Dewey Decimal System
You see the numbers on the spine of nearly every non-fiction library book. The Dewey Decimal System categorises all knowledge by number and is the most widely used book classification system. It provides an index to all classes of knowledge and so enables structured searches for information. The system is managed by the U.S. Library of Congress and is only available in full on payment of a fee.
This OyP Book Index has been compiled by several volunteers using a summary (and free) list of the Dewey Decimal Classifications. Generally only the first three levels of classification have been available, which is to say the first thousand numbers, 0-999. These classify the knowledge to major class groups below which are several sub classes. In assigning a number only the main topic of the book should be taken into account, and the narrowest and most exact class assigned. Some books could only be classified at the highest and most general levels either because we do not have access to the full Dewey system or for simple expediency.
To assist your search the Classes used in this index are listed below.
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When using the Library:
The key for the cupboards should be obtained from the OYP Reception Desk.
After use, please ensure that the cupboards are securely locked, and the key returned to the Reception Desk.
Books must not be removed from the building
Use the red marker boards to identify the space from which you removed a book.
When you have completed your task, please replace the book where you positioned the red marker, and remove the marker from the shelf.
Please ensure that the book is returned to the Reference Section (the number on the spine) from which it was taken.
A complete list of books in the library is usually in the cupboards, or can be obtained from reception. It is also available by clicking on the bookshelf icon to the right.
Do not deface or mark any book, nor fold down page edges.
Let Reception know if you find any problems.
If you are donating any books to the Library, please leave them with Reception so that they may be registered before placing on the shelves.