Adsetts Library is the University's main library and provides resources to support all of the courses taught at City Campus. It is home to a number of collections, which are listed here.
Collegiate Library provides resources to support all of the courses taught at Collegiate Campus. It is home to a number of collections, which are listed here.
Most of the books at Adsetts Library belong to the main collection. This is made up of resources to support the courses taught at City Campus. Due to the large number of books in the library, it is necessary for them to be organised by topic as well as by author so that they can be shelved in the right order and found when they are needed. We use a system called Dewey Decimal Classification.
Level 2 (001-331) - Computing, children's literature, journalism, philosophy, psychology and religion
Level 3 (332-499) - Sociology, politics, economics, education, social welfare and policy, housing, planning, fashion, transport, communications, language and linguistics
Level 5 (500-779) - Business and management, hospitality, leisure, food, mathematics, sciences, engineering, construction, architecture, art, design, photography, oversize books (all subjects)
Level 6 (780-999) - Music, drama, film, broadcasting, literature, history, geography, tourism
To locate a book, you will need to know the level (floor) in the library and its shelfmark, both of which can be found in the Library Search results. There is a sign on the end of each set of shelves to tell you the range of books that they hold.
If you can't find something, just ask at the Helpdesk on Level 4 and a member of staff will help you look.
Most of the books at Collegiate Library belong to the main collection. This is made up of resources to support the courses taught at Collegiate Campus. Due to the large number of books in the library, it is necessary for them to be organised by topic as well as by author so that they can be shelved in the right order and found when they are needed. We use a system called Dewey Decimal Classification.
At Collegiate, all books in the main collection are located on the first floor.
(001-999) Computing, Journalism, Ethics, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Communications, Sociology, Politics, Economics, Education, Social welfare and policy, Social work, Social welfare and policy, Criminology, National Health Service, Education, Languages and linguistics, Medicine, Sports medicine, Nursing, Sport, Leisure, Writing, Constitutional history
To locate a book, you will need to know its shelfmark, which can be found in the Library Search results. There is a sign on the end of each set of shelves to tell you the range of books that they hold.
If you can't find something, just ask at the Helpdesk and a member of staff will help you look.
Located on Level 3 of Adsetts Library, this collection is divided into two sections:
The TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) collection is located on Level 3 of Adsetts. There are two sequences of books:
Located on Level 3 of Adsetts Library, the languages collection includes materials to support the foreign languages taught at the University. Resources are arranged in sections by language:
Within each section, you will find the books, journals, newspapers and other media relating to that language.
The Special Collection
SHU has a special collection, which is held at the Adsetts Library and can be viewed by appointment. Visit the Special Collection Guide to find out more.
The Readerships and Literary Cultures collection contains around 550 out-of-print novels from the period 1900 to 1950, which were significant to readers either because they had sold well or the authors' names were widely recognised. The focus is on books that could be called 'middlebrow' rather than being of particular literary merit. This collection is Reference Only and is located on Level 2 of Adsetts Library within its own reading area.
This is on the ground floor at Collegiate Library. It includes English language study materials, books on health terminology, and popular fiction. Most books in the collection can be borrowed but some are for reference only.
The Corvey Collection comprises late 18th and early 19th century English literary texts on microfiche. The original collection was formed by Baron Corvey at his Schloss in Germany, and is the best collection of popular fiction in English of the Romantic era. Genres include prose fiction, drama and verse, and there is also a sequence of travel writing.
Sheffield Hallam University was the first institution outside of Germany to purchase any of the collection. It is held on Level 1 in the Stack of Adsetts Library. To gain access, please ask at the library Helpdesk.
The collection contains:
These materials are in the Stack on Level 1 at Adsetts and are for reference only.
Sheffield Hallam University holds a set of approximately 370 special resources relating to gender, science and technology, and science education. The collection was donated to the University in recognition of its own work (via the WiSET team in Sheffield Institute of Education) when government funding for the UKRC and WISE was withdrawn in 2010. Find out more.
The collection is within the main collection and can be found by typing WISE UKRC into Library Search.