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Library Glossary: D-G

A guide to Library words and phrases


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An electronic resource where journal articles, the latest reports and other specialist information is available. BCU databases are listed here.

Dewey Decimal

A classification scheme for arranging library materials by subject. Based on arrangements of numbers and letters.

Digital Library (Formerly called UCEEL)

The University's digital library contains dissertations, old exam papers and useful reading for your course. You need your borrower number and PIN to access it. Details here.

Distance learning

Courses delivered to students who do not come to campus to study. You can find information about services offered to distance learners here.

Due date

The date by which you must return or renew a book, CD, DVD or other borrowed item.

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A book that can be read online on or off campus. Click here for how to use.


A journal that can be read online on or off campus.Click here for a list of e-Journals.

Electronic Resources

Information available online via your PC - databases, e-books, e-journals, resources from the Digital Library etc. These are available on campus and many off campus too. Click here for a list.

Enhanced services

Students with a disability are assessed by student services, and may be offered enhanced library services. This may include extended loan periods and priority study room access.

External library user

A person registered with the library on an external library user scheme; either as a SCONUL Access member, an alumni member, or a reference only member.

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Charges you pay if you return/renew an item after the due date.


A book which is too big to fit on normal shelves. Its class mark is preceded by F. At Curzon Library they are shelved in the Rolling Stacks.

Full text

When something indicates that the item is available full text online or full text PDF, you will be able to view the whole document on the screen.  If the item is a journal article or report, you will also be able to print or save it.

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Group study room

Group study rooms can be booked online for Curzon Building. 

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