The Haddon Library



Since 2017, new books at the Haddon have been arranged according to the Library of Congress Classification Scheme.  They are kept, for the most part, on the bookshelves that face you as you enter the main reading room in the north-west corner (up the steps from the lobby office), and on the reverse side of those shelves.

Post-2017 Congress-classified books dealing with the archaeology of ancient Assyria and Egypt are kept in bay 123 of the McBurney Room — near that room’s northwest corner, the furthest corner from you as you enter from the landing.

For books received before 2017 we have these arrangements:

Most of the books in the Main Reading Room are arranged according to the Bliss Classification Scheme. This uses letters (e.g. HFN for genetics).

Most of the Assyriology and Egyptology collection, in the McBurney Room, follow the Ancient Near East Classification devised before that collection was imported into the Haddon in 2012.

Finally, a few of the books in the main reading-room, and more in the locked areas, follow the Sayle/Fegan Classification Scheme drawn up in the 1920s. This uses numbers (e.g. 78 for Scotland).  Most of the books classified according to this scheme are now listed in the online catalogue iDiscover , but not all of them are; you may find you have to use some part of the card catalogue.  Ask library staff for help if that’s so.