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Sport: In the Library

A Library Services Subject Guide

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).

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.


Below is a list of the main shelfmarks relating to sport. Shelfmarks from 000 to 613 are on the ground floor and from 614 to 999 are on the first floor.

Shelfmark Subject
175 The ethics of sport
306.481 Sport and society
610       Medicine and health (general)
611 Human anatomy
612 Human physiology
613 Personal health
613.2 Diet and nutrition
613.7 Physical fitness and exercise, inc. kinesiology
617.1027 Sports injuries and medicine
796 Sports and games (general)
796.01 Philosophy and theory of sport
796.07 Education in sport, inc. coaching
796.08 Sport and games for specific groups of people
796.2-796.9    Specific sports and games
797 Aquatic and air sports
798 Equestrian sports


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.