Monographs, offprints and references
You can search the Museum's library catalogue here (as at 25 September 2019).
The database contains 23,460 records of monographs, offprints, and references to articles in books and periodicals.
It does not include serials. To search serials, use the second database (below).
If an Accession Number (Accn_Num) is shown, the record is a monograph or offprint.
If no Accession Number is shown, or the number is preceded by "Ref", the record is a reference. The number following "Ref" is the accession number of the "parent" volume which contains the article or chapter shown in the reference.
The source of offprints and references is shown following a / at the end of the title.
Truncated titles end with \\.
The databases cover both the Loan and Reference Libraries. Each physical copy of a book has its own record, so some titles are duplicated.
Shelf-Subject: Shelving is in three broad subjects: B = Buildings ; E = Environment (eg local and social history, agriculture, crafts, arts, biographies) ; M = Museums & Heritage Sites (eg guide books, management, Weald & Downland Museum publications). Sub-divisions of the three broad subjects are given by a numerical code, and you can see a full list of the codes in this PDF: Subject codes.
Dissertations have the code "DIS" in Shelf-Subject.
We also hold the library of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, the contents of which are identified by "WCP" as their Shelf Subject. These books are kept in the Gridshell Artefacts Store, not the main library, but they are accessible on request.
Shelf-Name: Within each subject the books are shelved alphabetically by Shelf-Name. Usually this is the author's surname or the responsible organisation, but in some cases it is the geographical location. Only the first six letters are given on this website.
Use this database to search for serials. It contains 7,876 records.