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Spanish and Latin American Language and Literature: Research Collection

Guide to resources for Hispanic language and literature studies.

Research collections

Research material is housed in the main library, entrance on the second floor. Undergraduates - except finalists - are not permitted to fetch books from the stacks themselves. If you need a book from the main library, please fill in a paper slip from the enquiry desk - check with library staff if you're not sure.

Final-year undergraduates, graduates, and faculty members have access to all areas of the main stacks. Rare books or items housed in closed areas may still need to be requested on a slip and fetched by staff. Again, ask staff if you need any help.

There is a wide range of shelfmarks and locations in the main library, which can be confusing. Principal locations are:

•Taylor Institution Library
•Taylor Institution Library Main Stack LC Classification (new book sequence)
•Taylor Institution Library Linguistics Collection (in Linguistics Room off the gallery)
•Taylor Institution Library Short loan collection (confined items kept in a separate location - please ask staff)

For Spanish and Latin American studies, there are three main shelfmark schemes in the main library:

Library of Congress (new books, in main stack)
ASA-GSA (original Spanish classification, in main stack)
AAA-ZAF (original Latin American classification, in basement)
Periodicals and reference material also have their own shelfmarks and locations.
Periodicals may be in the Periodicals Reading Room at P.R.R., or at B.Per in Basement Periodicals.
Reference material is given the prefix Ref.

Note also the different status options for library material. 

Items that are showing as 'Available' will be on open access in the library. Confined material is also on-site, but may need to be fetched by staff. Ask staff if the location is unclear. Confined material may not be borrowed.

Books/Closed Stack
Reference / Closed Stack

Any item with the location 'Closed Stack' is stored offsite and must be requested online.
If you have any queries about the location of a book and how it should be accessed, please ask staff. We're happy to help!

Guide to Library of Congress scheme for Spanish & Latin American literature


Placing a stack request

Books with the location 'Closed Stack ' are housed offsite in a book storage facility, so you will need to request the book by placing a hold. Books are delivered to the main library daily and can be borrowed, with the exception of old, rare or fragile material, and periodicals. Bodleian books may also be requested to the Taylorian using the same hold request function. Please remember that Bodleian books are for reference use only and may not be borrowed.