Arranging books and other resources on the shelves
Within the Library Resource Centre, it is vital that pupils and staff can be easily directed to the
subject areas they need.
As previously mentioned, it is essential that clear guiding and adequate signposting directs
users to access information easily. Posters displaying the Dewey Decimal Classification and
notices of ‘How to find a book’ will be helpful to users.
The main areas within your library should be:
• Reference – these are resources that may not be borrowed or removed from the
library, such as encyclopaedias, dictionaries, atlases and topic files (shelved in
• Non-fiction (information books or resources) – resources shelved in Dewey
• Fiction – novels or stories, shelved in alphabetical order, by author surname.
• Careers Library – career-related material/college and university
prospectuses/post-16 school advice.
As most of the resources are books, appropriate thought needs to be given for the storage
and accessibility of non-book materials, such as computer software, CD-ROMs, videos,
maps, tapes and compact disks. Some material can be shelved with books, but in most cases
this material needs separate storage. Most libraries display just the video and tape cases and
keep the actual videos and cassettes in the library office or locked in a cabinet or drawer until
they are required.
Displays of new books are always appealing. Arrange resources on the shelves, giving plenty
of space between each section. Standing a few new hardback books up, or purchasing book
displays at a small cost, and positioning these within the sections, adds to the appearance
when entering the library.
A quiet corner of the library may be considered for other materials such as audio visual aids
and tapes, and other resources like magazines and newspapers.
If space allows, a good display on a chosen theme is always appealing. A few examples
could include: fiction displays on a chosen genre/literary style, like ghost stories or fantasy.
Non-fiction displays coul