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Parkes Library, Special Collections, Hartley Library: Books

The Parkes Library was established by James Parkes, a tireless campaigner against anti-Semitism, and is a major resource for the study of Jewish/non-Jewish relations across the ages.


You will find most Jewish Studies books in the Parkes Library in the Special Collections open access area on level 4 of the Hartley Library.

Parkes books which are in demand are often moved to the Course Collections, either at Hartley or the Avenue Library, so remember to check locations on WebCat.

There will be useful material elsewhere in the Library and at Winchester School of Art Library. Use the Subject Guides to find out more about other sections.

Reference Books

The 'Parkes Ref' section contains general encyclopaedias and subject reference books e.g.:

  • Encyclopaedia Judaica 2nd ed. (2007) Parkes Ref BZ 1601.E54
  • Anchor Bible Dictionary (1992) Parkes Ref BZ 75.F73
  • Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century (2003) Parkes Ref BZ 1515.K47
  • Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos 1933-1945 (2009-) Parkes Ref BZ 8231.U54


Printed bibliographies are shelved at Z/BZ and are worth checking for titles on a specific subject, especially for older publications e.g.:

  • Josephus and Modern Scholarship (1984) Z/BZ 1671.F45
  • Magna Bibliotheca Anglo-Judaica (1937) and subsequent vols. Z/BZ 2301.G7R67
  • War Crimes, War Criminals and War Crimes Trials (1986) Z/BZ 8261.T88 

Catalogues / Library Resources Search

  • WebCat includes records for all Parkes books and journals. To find a specific book, use the keywords option in Quick Search and enter the author's family name and a few words from the title. You can also use keywords to find books by subject.On the Advanced Searches screen you can limit searches by date, language and collection.
  • DelphiS enables you to search across WebCat and the Library's electronic databases and is especially useful for subject searches. You will need a University login to be able to access full-text resources.

Call Numbers

Parkes books are shelved in the Special Collections open access area as follows:

BZ 1 Language
BZ 61-BZ 95 Bible
BZ 511-BZ 1356 Judaism
BZ 1531-BZ 1591 Jewish culture
BZ 1601-BZ 2801 Jewish history
BZ 2511-BZ 2931 Middle East, Arab-Jewish relations
BZ 3011-BZ 4471  Palestine, Zionism 
BZ 4511-BZ 5561   Israel
BZ 6011-BZ 6016  Biography 
BZ 6031-BZ 6061   Jewish social history 
BZ 7051-BZ 7921  Jewish-Christian relations 
BZ 8011-BZ 8296   Anti-Semitism, Holocaust

Larger books (quartos) are shelved separately at the end of the main sequence.

Extending Your Search

You can use other library catalogues (see Websites tab) and databases to find books.

Using 'union catalogues' you can cross search many catalogues. 

If a book is not available locally, you can use the Inter-Library Loan Service to borrow it from another Library.

Union Catalogues



Ph.D./M.Phil. Theses 


  • the Library holds print copies of all University of Southampton doctoral level theses; these are listed on WebCat
  • many of these are also available online from E-Prints Soton

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