University of Sydney Library Collections
Most of the Library's collections are arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. See this page for more information on call numbers, from our catalogue help pages.
Collections (books, serials, non-book materials, etc.) are housed throughout the Library system according to subject area. Material is generally available for use by all members of the University of Sydney community. For details of the collections in our libraries, see the individual Library pages.
Materials such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries, directories, indexes and abstracts for specific subject areas are available in the reference collections of most libraries. Increasingly, this information is available in electronic format.
Reference material listed in the online catalogue will have the letters REF in the call number. Reference (REF) is usually a separate sequence of material.
Short Loan collections
Older material from Library collections is held in Storage. Such material will have Storage as its location in the Library catalogue.
Items may be requested from the Information Desk in any library, or by using the online form. Check the Library catalogue for the local availability of more recent editions of the items, which are likely to be easier to access.