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Ageing/Gerontology: Books

Key Locations

The Hartley Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme for subjects other than Education, which uses Dewey Decimal Classification. Key locations for titles of interest to Gerontology students are listed here.  However, when looking for relevant titles, you MUST use WebCat.  It will give you a call number.  Do not simply browse shelves.

Call Number       Subject     
HQ 1060-1064    Social Gerontology
WT 100-166    Geriatrics
BF 724       Psychology of Ageing

Floor Plans

The H (social sciences) books are located on Level 3 of the Hartley Library.  The W (medical) books are also on Level 3.  Remember that not all useful books are located in the H or W section, so you may have to go to other sections and floors of the Library.  Some relevant books may be located in other University of Southampton site libraries.  Use WebCat so that you be sure of finding what you need.

Call Numbers Explained

When you enter the details of the item that you want on the catalogue it will display a call number or code that tells you where the item is shelved.

The call number will usually look something like these examples:

TK 2380.45 GAR 

306.47 GEL 

B OCEAN (Physical) Kna 

Although the codes look different, they work in much the same way: the combinations of letters and numbers gives a location based on the subject content of the item. The items are arranged on the shelves using the call numbers.

The library floor plan will show you where items with particular call numbers are stored.

New Books For Ageing/Gerontology

Cannot Find What You Are Looking For?

  • Is the book out on loan? - Place a hold
  • Is the book at another library site? - Place a hold
  • Is the book not held by the library at all? - Use the Inter library loan service to borrow it from another library
  • Recommend a book? - Contact your Academic Engagement Librarian if you would like to recommend a book we should buy for the library.


These titles are useful to get an understanding of a topic. Click on a title to use.

Subject Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

The Library has many dictionaries, encyclopaedias and biographies, including language dictionaries, subject dictionaries and specialist encyclopaedias.  Some are in hardcopy.  The titles below are available online.

Top eBooks

These are some of the key texts available as ebooks.  Click on a title to use.

How to use eBooks

Interactive tutorials using examples from major eBook providers:

A complete list of our eBook collections is available, as well as information on access and passwords.

Theses and Dissertations

PhD/ MPhil theses

  • the library holds print copies of all University of Southampton doctoral level theses; these are listed on WebCat
  • many of these are now also available online from ePrints Soton

Undergraduate/ taught masters dissertations

  • a limited number of these are held in the library
  • for most subject areas students should ask at their Faculty Office for access
  • there are more details about finding theses available

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