The Tate Library

The Tate Library is the reading room of the college library and houses the general collection of books most used by graduates and undergraduates. There are 50 study desks, including 30 in our wonderful gallery, built in 2011. We like the library to be an enjoyable and welcoming place to study and provide earplugs to block out noise, blankets and hot water bottles for those extra cold days and allow the consumption of hot drinks and light snacks to keep you going.

The Tate Library

The Tate Library

Library Gallery

Library Gallery

Library Map

IT Facilities


8 reader desktop PCs


Flatbed and feeder scanners


Black & White and Colour printers


Self-Issue Machine


Photocopying (outside the library office)

Wireless internet access throughout

Finding resources

Use SOLO  to search the library’s holdings, choosing Harris Manchester College Library.



Tips on using SOLO can be found on the Bodleian’s LibGuide.

Guide to the Library’s subject classification

The Tate Library is organised using the Library of Congress Classification Scheme.

Understanding shelfmarks

Halbach, Volker. The logic manual. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2010.

Shelfmark on SOLO: BC71 HAL 2010

Spine-label on book:

Classification codes

A – General Works
AC – Collected Works
AE – Encyclopedias
AG – Dictionaries and other general reference works
AI – Indexes
AM – Museums
AP – Periodicals
AS – Academics and Learned Societies
AY – Yearbooks, Almanacs, Directories
AZ – History of Scholarship and Learning
C – Auxiliary Science of History
CB – History of Civilization and Culture
CC – Archaeology (General)
CD – Diplomatics, Archives, Seals
CE – Chronology
CJ – Numismatics
CN – Epigraphy
CR – Heraldry
CS – Genealogy
CT – Biography (General)
E – History (America and United States)
E – America (General) and United States
G – Geography, Anthropology
G – Geography (General)
GA – Mathematical Geography, Cartography
GB – Physical Geography
GC – Oceanography
GE – Environmental Sciences
GF – Human Ecology
GN – Anthropology, Ethnology, Ethnography
GR – Folklore
GT – Manners and Customs
GV – Sports and Recreation
J – Political Science
J – Official Documents
JA – Collections and General Works
JC – Political Theory
JK – Constitutional History and Administration
JS – Local Government
JV – Colonization, Emigration and Immigration
JX – International Law, International Relations
L – Education
L – Education (General)
LA – History of Education
LB – Educational Theory and Practice
LC – Special Aspects
LD – U.S. Educational Institutions
LH – College and School Publications
LJ – Student Fraternities and Societies
LT – Textbooks (General)
N – Fine Arts
N – Visual Arts (General)
NA – Architecture
NB – Sculpture
NC – Graphic Arts (Drawing, Design, Illustration)
ND – Painting
NE – Print Media
NK – Decorative and Applied Arts
NX – Arts
Q – Science
Q – Science (General)
QA – Mathematics
QB – Astronomy
QC – Physics
QD – Chemistry
QE – Geology
QH – Natural History, Biology
QK – Botany
QL – Zoology
QM – Human Anatomy
QP – Physiology
QR – Microbiology
S – Agriculture
S – Agriculture (General)
SB – Plant Culture
SD – Forestry
SF – Animal Culture
SH – Aquaculture, Fisheries, Fishing
SK – Hunting
U – Military Science
U – Military Science
Z – History of Books, Library Science, Bibliography
Z – History of Books, Library Science, Bibliography
B – Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
BA Sociology
BB Welfare, Charities, Philanthropy
BC Criminology
BD Sociological Schemes – Socialism, Communism, Marxism, Anarchism
BE Economics
BF Industry & Agriculture
BG Communication
BH Commerce
BJ Finance
D – History (expect America)
D – History (General)
DA – Great Britain
DAW – Central Europe
DB – Austria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
DC – France
DD – Germany
DE – Mediterranean, Greco-Roman World
DF – Greece
DG – Italy
DH-DJ – Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
DJK – Eastern Europe
DK – Russia and Poland
DL – Northern Europe and Scandinavia
DP – Spain and Portugal
DQ – Switzerland
DR – Eastern Europe and Turkey
DS – Asia
DT – Africa
DU – Oceania, Australia, New Zealand
DX – Romanies
F – History (Americas)
F1-F975 – United States (local history)
F1001-F1140 – Canada
F1201-F1392 – Mexico
F1401-3799 – Central and South American, Caribbean
H – Social Sciences
H – Social Sciences (General)
HA – Statistics
HB – Economic Theory
HC – Economic History and Conditions
HD – Land, Agriculture, Industry
HE – Transportation and Communication
HF – Commerce
HG – Finance
HJ – Public Finance
HM -Sociology
HN – Social History
HQ – Social Groups
HS – Societies and Clubs
HT – Communities, Classes, Races
HV – Social Pathology, Criminology, Welfare
HX – Communism, Socialism, Anarchism
K – Law
K – Law
K – Law (General)
KB Religious Law
KD – Law of the United Kingdom
KJA – Roman Law
KF – United States Law
KJC – European Law
KZ International Law
M – Music
ML – Literature of Music
MT – Music Instruction and Study
International Law, International Relations
P – Language and Literature
P – Linguistics
PA – Classical Philology (Greek and Latin)
PB – Modern European Languages, Celtic Languages
PC – Romance Languages
PD – Old Germanic and Scandinavian Languages
PE – English Language
PF – Dutch, Flemish, and German Languages
PG – Slavic Languages and Literature
PH – Finno-Ugrian, Basque Languages & Literature
PJ-PL – Oriental Languages
PM – American Indian and Artificial Languages
PN – Literature, Literary History and Collections
PQ – Romance Literature
PR – English Literature
PS – American Literature
PT – German Literature
PZ – Children’s Literature
R – Medicine
R – Medicine (General)
RA – Public Aspects of Medicine
RB – Pathology
RC – Internal Medicine
RD – Surgery
RE – Ophthalmology
RG – Gynecology and Obstetrics
RJ – Pediatrics
RK – Dentistry
RL – Dermatology
RM – Therapeutics, Pharmacology
RS – Pharmacy and Materia Medica
RT – Nursing
RV – Botanic, Thomsonian and Eclectic Medicine
RX – Homeopathy
RZ – Other Systems of Medicine
T – Technology and Engineering
T – Technology (General)
TA-TJ – Engineering
TK – Electronics and Electrical Engineering
TL – Motor Vehicles, Aeronautics, Astronautics
TN – Mining and Metallurgy
TP – Chemical Technology
TR – Photography
TS – Manufactures
TT – Handicrafts, Arts and Crafts
TX – Home Economics and Cooking
V – Naval Science
V – Naval Science

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