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Theology & Religion: In the Library

A Library Services Subject Guide

How resources are organised on the shelves

Books are arranged on the shelves by subject using a numerical classification scheme called Dewey Decimal Classification (or just 'Dewey')*.  Stickers on the spine of each book display the Dewey shelfmark, followed by the first three letters of the author's surname (also known as the 'suffix').Books are arranged on the shelves firstly in Dewey order and then in author order. Books with no suffix (e.g. with no named author) are shelved together at the start of each shelfmark.

Read more about how Dewey works in our What To Expect From The Library guide, in the section called How the Library is Organised. We've also produced a PowerPoint presentation called How To Find A Book on the Shelves.

In our Library there are signs on each shelving bay indicating the range of shelfmarks on each bay, as well as individual subject guidance.

*Except for items in our Lincolnshire Collection, which are classified using a system called Bliss Classification.

About library resources

The Library is home to a wide range of physical resources including books, journals, DVDs, audiobooks, reports, theses, maps, resource packs and even puppets.  Although most resources are readily accessible on open shelves some are kept in closed-access stores or behind the Service Desk.  

Our standard student loan period is 3 weeks.  Books with '7 day loan' stickers on the spine may be borrowed for a week at a time. Books labelled reference only may not be borrowed. Most of the children's resources in the Teaching Resources Collection may be borrowed for 12 weeks at a time (find out more about the Teaching Resources Collection in the Special Collections tab above).


Below is a list of the main shelfmarks relating to Theology, Philosophy, Ethics & Religion. All of the shelfmarks below are on the ground floor.

Shelfmark    Subject
100 Philosophy
130 Parapsychology and the occult
144 Humanism
170 Morality and ethics (general)
200 Religion (general), comparative religion
201 Religious mythology
205 Religious ethics  
207 Education and religion
210 Philosophy and theory of religion
211-212 Concepts and the existence of God inc. atheism
215 Science and religion
220 The Holy Bible
280-289 Denominations and sects of the Christian Church
294 Eastern religions inc. Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism
296 Judaism
297 Islam
299 Other religions
306.6 Religion and society (sociological perspective)
398 Folklore


Ground floor book shelves
Books on the TRC shelves
DVD and audiobook shelves
A selection of journal covers

Image attribution

All images ©Bishop Grosseteste University.