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Functional Skills and GCSE Maths and English - FE

Finding and using books

Use the Library Catalogue to search for the books that you need. It's a good idea to start your research using the books in the library that are relevant to your subject.

You can search by keyword (a keyword from the title of the book, or the topic you are studying e.g. joinery, hairdressing or 'early years') and you may include the author's surname if you know it. The results will tell you:

  • the location of the book (called the shelfmark number)
  • the number of copies
  • the type of loan (e.g. reference-only or one week loan)
  • the due date, if a copy is currently on loan.

Books can be reserved and renewed via the catalogue.

Watch the video below which shows you how to search the catalogue for a book on the shelf.

If you need any help, ask at the Help Desk in the library.

The library has a range of books on your subject. Make sure you explore to find out what is there that will help you to succeed! 

Useful shelf numbers for Functional Skills and GCSE

You will often use the catalogue to find books you want, but sometimes you will want to browse the shelves. Below are some of the key shelf numbers that relate to relevant subject areas for your course.
Functional Skills books will be in the relevant subject area, e.g. Functional Skills for hairdressers will appear in 646.724, the section where hairdressing and barbering books are shelved.

 Education  372.2
 Health and Social Care  362
 English  428


 Motor Vehicle


 Hairdressing  646.724  
 Business  650
 Study skills  378.17

Finding and using eBooks

eBooks are books you read online. They are brilliant because you can read them anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.  

You can find eBooks using the Library Catalogue or Discover.  

Watch the video below that shows you how to search the catalogue for eBooks and how to use them.  

You can also use Discover to find eBooks. For more information on using Discover, use the menu see 'Finding Magazines and Trade Publications'.  

The box on the left has links to eBooks for your subject. Remember to visit this page to use the links every time you need them!