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Finding material

The Library has opted for an open-shelf system, which enables users to find their way among the library's holdings without assistance.

What you can find on each floor

On the ground floor you can find:

  • medicine journals from the year 2012 onwards
  • CD-ROM and DVD
  • new acquisitions on display
  • medicine books with shelfmarks from 000 to 612
  • the historical medicine fund

On floor I you can find:

  • medicine books with shelfmarks from 613 to 900

Note: Journals prior to 2012 are in closed stacks (floor -I). If you wish to consult them, just ask the Loans Desk.
CD-ROMs must be requested at the Loans Desk as well.


Map of ground floor
Map of floor I
Shelving Criteria for Books and Journals

Journals are arranged in alphabetical order.

Medicine books are all arranged by subject according to Dewey's Decimal Classification, the most used classification system in the world.
The shelfmark is made up of figures (each figure corresponding to a definite topic within a subject), of letters (standing for author and title) and of the publication year.
To search the shelves, you must follow first the arithmetical order and then the alphabetical order. Please remember that figures must be read one by one, as in the alphabetical order of a dictionary, and not in a sequence, as if they made up a single number. For instance: books on a shelf will be arranged in the following order: 342, 342.015, 342.01568372, 342.1294.

DVD are kept in special covers with a magnetic lock and placed in a special display.

CD-ROM attached to books are kept in a dedicated chest. For consultation and loan, ask the Loans Office.

For further information you can ask the library staff, especially the aide students.

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