Q. How do I find a book?


To find a book in one of the libraries you will need to first search for the library catalogue using the Library Search Tool or use the link on the MyReadingLists system.

If you need help using the Library Search or MyReadingList system see our Getting Started pages and subject specific Library Guides.

Do we have the book?

If yes,

  1. For all libraries except for the Maughan Library (see How to find a book at the Maughan Library), make a note of the Library location and the classmark in Library Search.
  2. Look at the floor plan for the relevant library (online on the location pages or on the walls around the library) and match up the classmark to find the location of the relevant bookshelf (we use the Library of congress classification for classmarks).
  3. Locate the book and issue using a self-service kiosk in the library - you just need your King's ID card.

If no, then look at the "Using external libraries" tab on the subject specific Library Guides. These include Senate House and other libraries you can gain access to in London as a King's student or staff member. If you still can't find a copy of the book you can use the Interlending and Document Delivery service.

How to find a book at the Maughan Library

The Maughan Library is larger and more complex than the other King's libraries with over 650,000 items and requires extra steps using the additional collection name to locate the books on the correct floor and room number. Use this online PDF guide that explains the extra process (bookmarks and signage with this information is also available in the Maughan Library).

If you require further help, ask a member of library staff wearing a purple lanyard.


  • Last Updated Sep 22, 2021
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  • Answered By Pete Garner

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