Do you think it’s tricky to find books in the library? We have a great guide on the web that you can look at, and then you know how you should proceed. All libraries are structured in a specific way in order to make it possible to find books. To find a book in any library: Always start by searching. In our library you use Summon at the library’s website to find the exact shelf placement for the book. By searching Summon you will also see directly if the book is at the shelf or not.
Here we see that the book should be found on floor 2.5 and shelf 153. Then it’s time to get up to floor 2.5 and locate the shelf 153. Once you are at the right shelf, the books are arranged in alphabetical order, usually by author but sometimes the title. Therefore it is important to always search for the book on the web first, before you go up on the shelf. How is the book placed within the shelf?
Hopefully you have now found the book and can borrow it!
A few years ago our library left the Swedish SAB system which divided different subjects using letter combinations. We then introduced the US classification system Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), which is based on numbers. This meant relocating virtually all the books in the entire library. It was a pretty demanding job, both physically and for our library system but all went well and today DDC is the system we use (with some exceptions such as fiction and older literature on the first floor).
Text and photo: Lena Holmberg