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Education and Autism

Access to the collections

Our response to COVID-19 means that direct access to physical collections is not possible.   You can still request items using our Click and Collect service and we are working on a Click and Consult service which will allow you to come into the library to look at a selection of related books.

Finding eBooks

Access to eBooks is changing rapidly in response to COVID-19. 

Library Search

We have extended access to eBook collections in Library Search. In some cases we are expanding our collections, in other cases resources are available on a temporarary basis.  To make searching easier you can use filters to see only eBooks.  You will still see print books where print and eBook records are combined.  Recommended filters:

  • Availability: Online Only
  • Content type: Books / eBooks  

eBook collections

There is no longer a separate list of eBook collections on this gude.   Collections that were listed here have either been incorporated into Library Search or are no longer available. 

Specialist eBook collections

Most of the eBooks we provide are discoverable by searching Library Search, but it is also possible to search some eBook collections directly.  Below are some individual collections that might be of interest.

Multidisciplinary eBook collections

The Library has a range of eBook collections. You can search Library Search to find eBooks about many different subjects and that approach may be quicker than searching individual collections. You can also browse or search with the collections directly.

Finding books on the shelves

Books on the shelves in the library

Books are arranged in the library by shelfmarks.  Each book has a number followed by at least two letters.  Signs on the end of shelves tell you what numbers are on the shelves.  books with the same or similar numbers will deal with related topics.  

Useful shelfmarks for education and autism:
Subject Shelfmark
Assessment 371.26
Autism 618.9285882
Child psychology 155.4
Disability studies 305.908 or 362.4
Learning 153.15
Philosophy for children/ Moral and social education 370.114
Parent-teacher relations 371.192
Primary education 372.1
Secondary education  373
Further/adult education 374
Higher education  378
Special education 371.2
Equality in education 379.26

Diversity in children's books

A report by SHU researchers calls for more diversity in books for children. 

Harris, C., Stiell, B., & Leather, D. (2019). Time for change: Black and minority ethnic representation in the children’s literature sector. (A report for Arts Council England). Retrieved from 

We have a large collection of children's literature and teaching resources in the library and in recent years we have worked to make our collections more representative of the diversity of children that our student teachers work with.  We are proud of our collections but we are sure that there is much more that we can do.  We welcome suggestions for resources to add to the collections and other ways in which we can improve them.

We created a list for younger readers for Black History Month: