The Library’s recent Clean Sweep project has resulted in most of our rarest books being cleaned and rehoused. The next phase for managing the rare book collections is to move them to modern, clean shelving where they will be housed in a secure and more controlled environment.

What books are involved?
In all approx 45,000- 50,000 books will be affected by this move. The collections involved are the Joly, LO, Dix, Thom, O’Kelley, Swift and O’Casey (LO) and certain music collections. These collections will be unavailable from 28 May to 16 July 2012.
The call-number prefixes for books affected are:
• AM
• Dix
• J
• JM
• Joly
• LO
• LO P
• MU
If you wish to consult an item from these collections during the period 28 May – 16 July, please check to see whether or not there is another copy in our collections or available through the online services (see below). JSTOR, ECCO and EEBO are subscription services, so you will need to be in the National Library to access them.

What are the alternatives and how can you find them?
1. Check the catalogue record for the book itself, to see if it has an icon linking you directly to a free copy of the book online, or a link to take you to one of our electronic resources like JSTOR
2. Some of the books being moved have duplicate copies in the Ir collection - check the catalogue to see if there is another copy
3. Check the date of the book. If it is 18th century, see if there's a digital copy in ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online)
4. Check the date of the book. If it is earlier than 18th century, see if there’s a digital copy in EEBO (Early English Books Online)
5. Check the free online full-text resources (like Google Books, and the Internet Archive) to see if the book is digitally available there, but not linked to from our catalogue yet.

A step-by-step guide to accessing these alternatives is available to download here:

Guide to accessing alternatives  Guide to alternatives.pdf (0 MB, Adobe PDF)

Please note: After the move these books will be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room. More details on the new access arrangements will be available in May.

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