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Books and articles are available online

In line with King’s Staying safe on Campus guidance, we will be providing bookable slots for both study space and for access to our physical collections.

Libraries & Collections provides a range of books and online journals to support your studies and research. We have worked with your lecturers to try and ensure key readings are available online.  All of our print books, and most journal articles can be located with Library Search:

New to using Library Search?

You can find online tutorials on using Library Search to find books and journals around your subject. Find them in the Getting started with the Library section of KLaSS:

Key classmarks for your subject: A-E

  • D – General history
  • DT – African history
  • GN – Anthropology
  • HB – Economic theory 
  • HC – Economic history and conditions
  • HD – Industries, land use and labour
  • HF – Commerce
  • HM – Sociology
  • HV – Social and public welfare. Criminology.
  • JA – Political science
  • JF – Political institutions and public administration
  • JQ – Political institutions and public administration Africa
  • JX – International law
  • JZ – International relations
  • UA – Armies and military organisation
  • DU - the history of Australia, New Zealand and the South Seas
  • JQ3995-6691 - political institutions and public administration of countries including Australia
  • JV1-5399 - colonies and colonisation
  • JV9100-9269 - emigration and immigration in Australia and New Zealand
  • PR9600-9619.3 - Australian literature
  • F1201-3799 - Latin American history
  • JL1200-2499 - Latin American politics
  • PC5001-5498 - Portuguese language
  • PQ9000-9326 - Portuguese literature
  • PQ9500-9796 - Brazilian literature
  • H - Social Sciences   
  • HA - Statistics
  • HD - Industry
  • HF - Commerce
  • HG - Economics
  • HJ - Public Finance
  • HM - Sociology
  • QD 1-999 - Chemistry
  • QD 1-65 - General
  • QD 71-142 - Analytical Chemistry
  • QD 146-197 - Inorganic Chemistry
  • QD 241-441 - Organic Chemistry
  • QD 415-436 - Biochemistry
  • QD 450-801 - Physical and theoretical Chemistry
  • QD 625-655 - Radiation Chemistry
  • QD 701-731 - Photochemistry
  • QD 901-999 - Crystallography
  • DS 779 - History of China
  • HC 430 -  China and economic policy
  • HF 1604  - China and its political economy
  • JA 84 - China and political thought
  • PA- for Greek language and literature and Roman language and literature.
  • DE- for the history of the Greco-Roman world.
  • DF- for the history of ancient Greece.
  • DG - for the history of ancient Italy.
  • PA5000-5660 - Byzantine and modern Greek literature
  • PN45-57 - Theory
  • PN80-99 - Criticism
  • PN801-820 - Romance Literature
  • PN821-840 - Germanic Literature
  • PN851-884 - Comparative Literature
  • PN1010-1525 - Poetry
  • PN1600-3307 - Drama
  • PN3311-3503 - Prose
  • PQ1-3999 - French literature
  • PQ6001-6726 - Spanish literature
  • PQ7081-8560 - Spanish American literature
  • PQ9000-9326 - Portuguese literature
  • PQ9500-9796 - Brazilian literature
  • PQ9900-9948 - Portuguese African literature
  • PR1-9680 - English literature
  • PS1-3576 - American literature
  • PT1-4897 - German literature

Arts (General) - Room 2.44

  • NX420-430 - Exhibitions
  • NX440-632 - History of the Arts
  • NX700-750 - Patronage
  • NX760-770 - Administration
  • NX798-820 - Centres and Facilities

Museums (General) - Room 1.58

  • AM111-160 - Museology
  • AM200-501 - Collectors and Collecting

Visual Arts - Room 2.45

  • N61-72 - Theory

Museums and Galleries - Room 2.45

  • N4390-5098 - Exhibitions
  • N5198-5299 - Private Collections
  • N5300-7418 - History
  • N8350-8356 - Art as a Profession
  • N8600-8675 - Economics of Art
  • N8700-9165 - Public Art
  • - Education
  • LA - History of Education
  • LB - Theory & Practice of Education
  • P - Linguistics
  • PB-PM - Languages

Books on English can be found between PR1 and  PR9680, with a selection of specific sections below:

  • PR1-56 English Literary History and Criticism
  • PR111-116 Women Authors
  • PR500-614 Poetry
  • PR908 Diaries
  • PR951-981 Folk literature
  • - Education
  • LA - History of Education
  • LB - Theory & Practice of Education
  • P - Linguistics
  • PB-PM - Languages

Key classmarks for your subject: F-L

  • PN1993 - for film guides such as Halliwell's or Time Out Film Guide
  • PN1993.5 - National cinema movements and guides to film from particular countries
  • PN1994/1995 - film theory and criticism.
  • PN1995.9 - specific genres and themes such as documentary, film noir, horror and sexuality.
  • PN1997 - BFI guides on specific films
  • PN1998 - criticism and commentaries on the films and careers of key directors.
  • DC1-947 - French history
  • JN2301-3007 - French politics
  • PC2001-3761 - French language
  • PN1993 - French film
  • PQ1-3999 - French literature
  • G - Geography (General)
  • GA - Mathematical geography
  • GB - Physical geography
  • GC - Oceanography
  • GE - Environmental Sciences
  • GF - Human ecology
  • GN - Anthropology
  • GR - Folklore
  • DD1-905 - German history
  • JN3201-4980 - German politics
  • PF3001-5999 - German language
  • PN1993 - German film
  • PT1-4897 - German literature
  • H - Social Sciences   
  • HA - Statistics
  • HJ - Public Finance
  • HM - Sociology
  • DF501-649 - Greek History (Byzantine empire, 323-1453). 
    Room 1M.72
  • DF701-951 - Greek History (modern). 
    Rooms 1M.71 & 1M.72
  • JN5001-5191 - Greek Politics. 
    Room 2.47
  • PA1000-1179 - Medieval and modern Greek language. 
    Room 2M.43
  • PA5000-5660 - Byzantine and modern Greek literature. 
    Rooms 2M.46-2M.49.
  • BL-BX- for Religion and Religious History
  • D- for European and World History
  • E & F- for the History of the Americas
  • HC-HD- for Economic History
  • JC & JN - for Political Theory and Institutions.
  • DS1-937 – history of Asia
  • DS401-486.8 – history of India (Bharat)
  • DS430-432 – ethnography and sects
  • JQ21-1852 – political institutions in Asia
  • JQ200-620 – Indian politics
  • D to DX - History: General and Old World
  • E to F - History of the Americas
  • G - Geography
  • H to HX - Social Sciences
  • J to JV - Political Sciences
  • KD1621-1630 - Commercial law
  • KD1554-1920 - Contract law
  • KD 3930-4645 - Constitutional and Administrative law
  • KD2435 - Construction law
  • KD7850-8090 - Criminal law
  • KJ-KKZ - EU law
  • KD1261-1450 - Intellectual property
  • JX-JZ - International law
  • KD3395-3417 - Medical law and ethics
  • HV - State crime
  • KD5351-5605 - Tax law
  • KD1941-2004 - Tort law
  • DA676-DA689 – History of London

Key classmarks for your subjects: M-P

  • QA - Mathematics
  • - History (general)
  • DC - French History
  • DE - History of Mediterranean region; Greco-Roman world
  • DF - Greek History
  • DG - Italian History
  • DP - Spanish and Portuguese History
  • DR - Eastern European History; Balkan peninsula and Turkey
  • DS - History of Asia including the Middle East
  • HC - Economic history including the European Union
  • JN - Political institutions in Europe, including the European Union
  • PA - includes Greek language materials
  • PC - includes French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish language materials
  • PJ - includes Arabic language materials.
  • PC 2001-3761 - French Language Dictionaries
  • PC 4001-4977 - Spanish Language Dictionaries
  • PC 5001-5498 - Portuguese Language Dictionaries
  • PF 3001-5999 - German Language Dictionaries

For books about music:

  • ML - which covers literature on music
  • MT - which covers music instruction and study

For scores:

  • M1-3 - Collections and Manuscripts
  • M5-1490 - Instrumental Music, begins with solo instruments and finishes with large orchestral groups
  • M1497-1998 - Secular Vocal Music
  • M1999-2199 - Sacred Vocal Music
  • E - the history of the Americas, especially the United States
  • F - United States local history, the rest of North America and Latin America
  • PS - American literature
  • B1-5739- Philosophy (General)
  • BC1-199 - Logic
  • BC200- Language and Philosophy
  • BD10-701- Speculative Psychology
  • BF1-990- Psychology
  • BH1-301- Aesthetics
  • BJ1-1725 - Ethics
  • H - Social Sciences  
  • HA - Statistics
  • HF - Political economy
  • HG - Economics
  • HV - Social Policy and Public Welfare.  Crime
  • J - Political Science
  • JC - Political Theory
  • JX - International Law
  • JZ - International Relations

Key classmarks for your subject: R-Z

  • DK1-949.5 - history of Russia, Soviet Union and former Soviet Republics
  • JN6500-6598 - political institutions and public administration of the Soviet Union, Russia and former Soviet Republics. 
  • PG2900-3698 - Russian literature
  • DP1-402 - Spanish history
  • DP501-900.22 - Portuguese history
  • F1201-3799 - Latin American history 
  • JN8101-8399 - Spanish politics
  • JN8423-8661 - Portuguese politics
  • JL1200-2499 - Latin American politics
  • PC4001-4977 - Spanish language 
  • PC5001-5498 - Portuguese language 
  • PQ6001-6726 - Spanish literature
  • PQ7081-8560 - Spanish American literature
  • PQ9000-9326 - Portuguese literature
  • PQ9500-9796 - Brazilian literature
  • BL1-2790- Religions, mythology, rationalism
  • BM1-990- Judaism
  • BP 1-605- Islam, Bahaism, theosophy
  • BQ1-9800- Buddhism
  • BR1-1725- Christianity
  • BS1-2970- The Bible
  • BT1-1480- Doctrinal Theology
  • BV1-5099- Practical Theology
  • BX1-9999 - Denominations and sects
  • HV - State Crime
  • JA - Political theory
  • JN - Political Institutions
  • JX - International Law
  • JZ - International Relations
  • U - Military Science
  • UA - Armies
  • UB - Military Administration
  • V - Naval Science

Book a 30 minute online 1-1 with a librarian

At present, all library colleagues are supporting the Return to Campus initiative, meaning that a reduced number of 1:1 slots will be available for the Autumn term 2020. We will be working hard behind the scenes to get our full 1:1 service back on track, and we hope you can bear with us.

How do I book? You can book by clicking the button below. Once you've made your booking, you will be sent an electronic invitation you can use to access the appointment. We recommend joining with video enabled, for optimal benefit. If you can only join to listen/see us and communicate via chat, please let your librarian know ahead of the appointment.

How do I use Microsoft Teams? MS Teams works with Chrome, IE and Edge browsers, and can be downloaded to both Windows PCs and Macs. More guidance is available here: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/teachlearntech/assets/student-view-of-microsoft-teams.pdf. If you are NHS staff, the good news is that Teams has been made generally available to the NHS – further information can be found here  https://support.nhs.net/.

What are the 1-1s for? These sessions are designed to help with using the library's online resources, databases and literature searching. Please note, we cannot assist with proofreading enquiries. Similarly, 1-1 appointments are not intended for supporting systematic reviews, but we can help with the basics like searching databases effectively, if that's where you're stuck. For more help with sys reviews, King's students and staff can consult with a senior librarian on our 'Advanced Searching for Systematic Reviews' forum on KEATs.

What other help is available? Before seeking a 1-1 appointment, we encourage you to try out our other online support channels. We've designed them with your frequently asked questions and common issues in mind. Information on these channels can be found elsewhere on this page, and you can find out how to contact us via email or Live Chat on our Contact Us webpages for further questions.

Until we see you again, stay safe and healthy!

My Reading Lists

The MyReadingLists system will let you look up online lists of books, journals and websites your lecturers expect you to read for your lectures and seminars:

New to MyReadingLists?

Find out how to look up your module reading lists in the Getting started with the Library section of KLaSS:

Getting started with our online book collections

These online book collections won't be searched by Library Search but contain thousands of titles on a huge variety of subjects. Check each collection's description for details of borrowing procedures and limitations.

Don't forget: You can browse the full range of databases and resources with the A-Z databases list:

New to using ebooks?

You can find online tutorials on locating, opening and reading ebooks available at King's. Find them in the Getting Started With The Library section of KLaSS:

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