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Social Sciences - Hidden Gems

What are Hidden Gems?

Did you know . . . that here in Social Sciences we only keep about 20% of our material on the open shelves?

There's a great deal more that's kept in the stack, or store area. Some materials, such as law reports and old Acts of Parliament, are kept off the main shelves simply through lack of space. Some, such as pamphlets, railway tickets, and maps are kept away because of the risk of having them damaged.

You are, of course, welcome to see any of this material - most of which we can get for you within a few minutes. You can check for items either with the online catalogue, or for older items (before 1972, generally), the card catalogue. If you're not sure how to do this, ask a member of staff and we'll be happy to show you.

How do I know what's there if I can't see it?

We agree . . . and that's what this page is about - to give you an idea of some of the materials you might not guess we have. Click on any of the links below to find out more . . .

Maud Banks Tennis Scrapbook

Rolling Stone Magazine

Underground Magazines

Behind the scenes in the book store

Library Catalogue