At the moment school and college students are not able to visit our libraries. To provide a safe environment we have reduced capacity in the libraries and so are not able to accommodate visitors. Our responses to COVID-19 are under regular review and we will welcome back school and college students as soon as we can do so safely. In the meantime please explore the 'online' and subject sections of this guide for resources that are available wherever you are.
School and College students over 16 are welcome to visit our libraries to support their studies. Before visiting:
Sheffield Hallam University has two libraries, Adsetts and Collegiate, one for each campus. The libraries have the books, computers and other resources that our students need to do their work.
If you're not a student or member of staff at Sheffield Hallam, you can still use the libraries. You can:
Off campus you can use this guide to access free online resources
You can preview resources available on Visitor PCs: Electronic resources for visitors
If you need help while you're in one of the libraries, just ask at the Helpdesk. Collegiate Library Helpdesk is on the ground floor next to the main entrance. Adsetts Helpdesk is on Level 4.
The libraries have different books based on the courses that are taught at each campus.
|Adsetts Library (City Campus)||Collegiate Library (Collegiate Campus)|
Business, management and marketing
Construction and surveying
Education and TESOL
Engineering, electronics and materials
Film, media arts and performance
Finance and accounting
Food and nutrition
Geography and the environment
Hospitality, tourism and events management
Housing and planning
Journalism. PR and media studies
Diagnostic radiography and Radiotherapy
Nursing and midwifery
Occupational therapy and physiotherapy
Operating department practice
Social work and social care
You can find books using our Library Search PCs, which are on every floor of the libraries. Just enter a title, author's name or topic in the search box then click 'Search'. Next, click on either 'Adsetts Library' or 'Collegiate Library' underneath the Library location filter to hide electronic resources (which you can't use) and show you resources on the shelves in the library (which you can).
To find a book on the shelves, you'll need to know, which library it is in, the shelfmark and, for Adsetts library, which level it is on.
Each book in the library has a shelfmark (a number and at least two letters displayed on the spine) which indicates exactly where to find it in the sequence on the shelves. Books are arranged in number order - lowest numbers first. When reading shelfmarks, remember that the numbers can include decimals. The number reflects the content of a book so similar books are shelved together.
For the book above, 727 is for Educational buildings. 0941 after the decimal point means that it's also dealing with British history. SA is from the first two letters of the author's name though sometimes the letters are taken from the title. Books with the same number are shelved in alphabetic order by these letters. This book is shelved on Level 5 of Adsetts Library.
Here's an overview of how subjects are divided up in the Dewey system.