Levels 5 & 6: Media shelved by subject

Specialist literature published in or after 2004 is shelved in the Central Library on levels 5 and 6. The shelves are open-access and the literature is organized by subject according to the RVK classification system (Regensburger Verbundklassifikation). Subject areas A to QO are on level 6, and areas QP to Z on level 5.

How does shelving by subject work?

Let’s say you found this book in the WU catalog:

A result in the WU catalog. The book is “Marketing: an introduction” by Armstrong, Kotler and Opresnik.

Click on Available or on the title of the book to find out where in the library the title is shelved. Note down the shelf mark.

QP 600 A735 (13)

The shelf mark is visible in the detail information of the book in the WU catalog.

The title is shelved with other works on the same subject:

QPThe work is shelved under the main subject Q economic sciences, and further classified under the subgroup P general business administration.
600The title is classified under basic business elements (410-890), more specifically sales (600-690), within sales under general information (600).
A735Individual call number

You will find the title shelved accordingly (with other works on this subject).

Additionally, you have the option to see the exact location of a book in the building. In the WU catalog, click on Location and you wil be directed to the campus map.

The link “location” is highlighted in the top right corner of the detailed information of the book in the WU catalog.

There, the location of your book is already marked. You can use the zoom function to find precise directions that will guide you to the shelf where your desired book is located:

Which books cannot be borrowed? How do I recognize reference works?

Reference works are books that can only be used in the library and cannot be borrowed. You can recognize them by the red mark on the shelf mark label. In the catalog, the title’s status is listed as Reading Room use only. But don’t worry, you won’t have to transcribe everything manually – individual pages of reference works can be scanned using the scanners in the library.