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How to carry out a search at the Melitensia Special Collections

The Help Desk at the Melitensia Department provides information to patrons on the collections housed in the department. No browsing is allowed in the Melitensia Department and users are required to request material by following an online request procedure. The requested items are then fetched from the stacks by staff to the reading room area where patrons can consult the material and, in some instances, borrow the material. Instructions on how to make an online request are shown here: 

Instructions on how to make an online request

Most of the material which makes up the Melitensia Special Collections is available online on the Library’s electronic catalogue (HyDi).

But, there is still a number of older works, (albeit an ever decreasing number), whose bibliographic details have not yet been entered into the database and, for this reason, can only be traced through the old card catalogues located within the Department itself. The retro-conversion exercise, which aims to have all the Melitensia material on the Library’s online catalogue, is ongoing.

The card catalogues are divided into

Author/Title catalogue from 1981 to May 1992

Please note that these dates refer to the particular year when a book was assigned by the Library and not to its dates of publication.

For all works after 1992, the user should consult the Library’s catalogue HyDi. In general, when making a known search the best way to find a book is by author or by title but, if this information is not known by the user, then the subject or free text option can also be used.

The reading room study area:  The reading room is a SILENT study area and provides seating capacity for 34 Melitensia patrons. Under NO circumstances should the material leave the study area without the authorisation of the Melitensia staff. Group work is not allowed in this section.

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Last Updated: 18 December 2017

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