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Reading Room shelfmarks

British Library shelfmarks are given at the end of each entry in lists of reference sources. Items that have shelfmarks with the prefixes listed below are available on the open access shelves of the Humanities Reading Room or of another St Pancras Reading Room. The shelfmark prefix indicates the Reading Room in which the item is located.

HLL, HLR, etcHumanities - Floor 1
HUL, HUR, etcHumanities - Floor 2
HUSHumanities - Floor 2 (Sound Archive)
MSL, MSS, etcManuscripts Reading Room
MUSRare Books and Music Reading Room (Music)
OIOriental and India Office Collections
OPL, etcSocial Sciences
RAR, RAX, etcRare Books and Music Reading Room (Rare Books)

Other shelfmarks are for items that have to be ordered up from the stacks on the Online Catalogue terminals in the Reading Rooms. Most of these items are on site and can be ordered up quickly (the code of service target is for 90% to be delivered within 70 minutes). Items at outhoused shelfmarks take up to 48 hours, not including weekends.

Humanities Reference Service and Sound & Vision Reference Service
British Library
96 Euston Road

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7412 7831

E-mail: Ask the Humanities Reference Team

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