Using the Parkes Library
The Parkes Library is part of Special Collections which is on level 4 of the Hartley Library. It is open to anyone to use. If you do not have a University I.D. card, you will need to show a form of photographic I.D. at Library Reception Desk.
All Parkes books and journals are included in WebCat, the online catalogue. WebCat Help shows the most effective ways to search the catalogue. For basic searches, enter a subject term or the author's surname and a word or two from the title as a keyword search. Use the Advanced Searches options for a more detailed search or if you want to limit a search by date or language.
WebCat shows how many copies of a book the library holds, their call numbers, locations, loan periods and whether copies are on loan. Books which are in demand are often moved to the Course Collections either at the Avenue Library or the Hartley Library. These changes will be shown on WebCat.
Books and journals with the call number prefix Parkes are shelved in the Special Collections open access area and can be used whenever the Hartley Library is open. The books are arranged in call number order as follows:
|BZ 1531-1591||Jewish culture|
|BZ 1601-2801||Jewish history|
|BZ 2511-2931||Middle East - Arab-Jewish relations|
|BZ 3011-4471||Palestine - Zionism|
|BZ 6031-6061||Jewish social history|
|BZ 7051-7921||Jewish-Christian relations|
|BZ 8451-8461||Racial conflict|
Larger books (quartos) are shelved separately at the end of the main sequence.
Journals are shelved in alphabetical order of title, following the book sequence. Many Parkes journals are available as full text electronic journals. Check WebCat or the Parkes E-Journals for more information.
Books and journals with the call number prefix Rare Books Parkes are fetched for use in the Archives and Rare Books Search Room, which is open Monday - Friday 09.30-17.00. Appointments are not normally required, but you will need to show I.D. on entering the Search Room. Material cannot be produced, without prior arrangement between 12.00 and 13.00.
You can request material:
- By phoning the Search Room on 023 8059 2721 or ext. 22721
- By emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- By visiting the Search Room and completing a request slip
Microforms are kept in the Microform Services Area on level 1. They are arranged by copy number e.g. 40001765. A range of microfilm / microfiche readers is available and you can also copy or scan microfilm material using the reader-printers. A University login is required for scanning. See the Parkes Microform List for collections related to Jewish Studies.
You can borrow books at the Loans Desk on level 2 or at the self-issue units on levels 2 and 3. Most Parkes Library books are for Long loan or 1 week loan. Books moved to the Course Collections are due for return by 10.00 the following day.
The nearest photocopiers are behind the main stairs on Level 4 and the charges are 5p per A4 sheet and 10p for A3. If you are not a member of the University, you will need to go to the Photocopying area on level 2 to create a Guest Account and then add credit to this account by using the Money Loaders, also on level 2. The loaders take 50p, £1 and £2 coins, notes and debit/credit cards.
Bound volumes in the rare books area cannot be photocopied, but you can request photographic or microfilm copies, subject to the age and condition of the item.