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Durham University

Special Collections

Finding material

The Local Collection can be searched for on the Library Catalogue. In the vicinity of the search room are finding aids and reference materials to help customers locate items. Readers might find it helpful to read information concerning using the search room and ASC collections before they visit the Library.

Everything within the Local Collection was given the classmark prefix L. Locations are then specified according to material type, as shown in the table below:

Material typeShelfmark
Monographs (books) L
Oversize monographs L+ (previously LL and LLL)
Pamphlets PamL
Oversize pamphlets PamL+
Journals Per Local
Special Collections monographs and journals XL and XLL
Oversize Special Collections monographs and journals XL
Special Collections pamphlets PamXL
Oversize Special Collections pamphlets PamXLL

The XL and XLL and PamXL PamXLL sequences are now closed and material is added to the standard special collections printed sequence (SC and SC+; PamSC and PamSC+). All the very large material is now in SC++ or plan chests.

This link lists all the local material in special collections, and can be used as a basis in which to search more specifically.

Listed below are some specialist guides to local material:

H. R. Klieneberger, Durham elections: a list of material relating to Parliamentary elections in Durham, 1675-1874 (1956).
A.I. Doyle and E. Rainey, Two centuries of the Durham book trade, c.1650-1850: an exhibition in Durham University Library (1990).
D. Pearson, Durham bookbinders and booksellers, 1660-1760, Oxford Bibliographical Society Occasional Publications, 19 (1986).
For County Durham printed maps and topographical prints produced before 1860, see http://www.dur.ac.uk/picturesinprint