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Law and Legal Studies: Books

Finding Books

Books are arranged by subject according to the Dewey Classification System.  Each book in the Library is assigned a Dewey shelf number that identifies its subject matter.  This number can be found on the spine of the book. 

The following is a broad outline of the Dewey numbers that are relevant to Law and Legal Studies:

340                          Jurisprudence

340.1                       Philosophy of Law

341                          International Law

341.2422                 European Law

342                          Constitutional Law

342.06                     Administrative Law

342.41708               Data Protection

343.052                   Trade/Industrial Law

344                          Social/Labour/Welfare Law

344.1705                 Criminal Law

345.41702               Corporate crime

346.03                     Torts

346.043                   Land Law

346.015                   Family Law

346.066                   Company Law

349.417                   Defamation Law


At the IT Carlow campus library the book collections are divided into three categories.  The general lending book collection from 001—699 is located on the ground floor (Stack 1-11) with the 700s—900s located on the first floor (Stack 21). Items from this collection can be borrowed for a loan period of one week.

The short loan collection is located on the ground floor (Stack 11). This collection contains items that are in high demand and can be borrowed for a period up to 48 hours.

The Law Reference collection is located on the ground floor (Stack 17-19) and contains items such as law reports, law journals, the Geoffrey Hand Collection etc.  This collection also holds textbooks that are in high demand and are for library use only.

Using the Library Catalogue to find Books

On the Library homepage the default search on the Quick Search Menu is a SIMPLE search.  This search can be used  to research a topic if you do not have a specific author or title in mind.  Click the SEARCH button to execute the search.  The list of results will be sorted by relevancy.


When you click on a result, the full item details of that item are displayed. These include author, title, publisher, edition, description, the general subject area and shelf number location.

For more advanced searching options, link into the "click here " option. This links you to the "Advanced Search" screen, which allows you to complete a variety of combination searches using options such as keywords, author, title and shelf number.  You can also limit your results by item type, publication date range as well as library location.

For more information on searching the library catalogue, please see our LibGuide Using the Library Web Catalogue.



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