Book collections in the Institute of Archaeology Library consist of the Institute of Archaeology collection, the Yates Classical Archaeology collection and the Egyptology collection. These collections are shelved in two main sequences, according to their size.

Generally books larger than 29 cm in height are held separately from the main sequence of books - at the front of the reading room in the bookcases opposite the Issue Desk area. These books are known as quartos (qto).

Quartos material is designated as such on the library catalogue and also in the signage in the library, including book spine labels. Quartos books have the same range of loan statuses as other books in the collections, e.g:

Cool, H. E. M.:  The Roman cemetery at Brougham, Cumbria : excavations 1966-67 / by H.E.M. Cool ; principal contributors, Julie Bond ... [et al.] ; other contributors, Lindsay Allason-Jones ... [et al.]..
London : Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies, 2004..

Item Status Due date Due hour Library site Classmark (shelf location) Collection Barcode
Standard Available   Archaeology INST ARCH DAA 410 Qto COO   280744146

Many important site reports and series of archaeological reports, particularly for British archaeology, are held in the quartos section. British Archaeological Reports (BAR) British Series are held as a complete run, as are Council for British Archaeological Reports, East Anglian Archaeology and Museum of London Archaeology Service (MOLAS) reports. 

Archaeology Studies Series, Studies in Mediterranean Archaeology and British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International Series are classified according to the subject content within the general classification.

The main sequence is located at the end of the quartos and runs along the back of the reading room and into the two side rooms. It then continues on the left-hand side of the stacks.

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