Classification sytem for books

The entire faculty library collection has been registered in the catalogue. Most of the books are stored on the shelves in the faculty library and are identified by the term RBIB in the catalogue.

Books on European law published in 2004 and later can be found in the faculty library. Books on European law published before 2004, however, are stored in a separate reading room on the ground floor on campus. They are marked with the letter K and can be requested through the ‘request’ button.

In the faculty library (RBIB) books are arranged by discipline in open stacks in several reading rooms.

The disciplines are: arbitration and mediation (A&B), civil law (BUR), criminology (CRIM), European law (EUR), financial law (FIN), tax law (FIS), commercial law (HAN), human rights (HR), international private law (IPR), law & economics (L&E) – arranged alphabetically by author, medical law (MED), migration law (MIGR), environmental law (MIL),  notarial law (NOT), corporate law (OND), public law (PUB), litigation (PRO), law in general (ALG), legal history (RGE), comparative law (RVG), roman law (ROM), social law (SOC), criminal law (STR), insurance law (VER), technology and privacy (T/P), methodology (MET), and teacher education (SLO).

Within each discipline you will find different subject matter sections indicated by a particular numerical code.

Within each subject matter section books are arranged based on their link with a geographical location.  

Within each subject matter subsection publications are ordered chronologically based on their moment of purchase. This means that the most recently acquired books on a certain topic are placed towards the back of the section.

In this way each book has a unique code indicating its location in the library.

For instance: RBIB.BUR 133 BE 55

RBIB: housed in the faculty library

BUR: section civil law

133: subject matter ‘cohabitation’

BE: Belgian law

55: book number 55

 

Notes on different notations

Notations in which RBIB is immediately followed by the letter K or the word ARCHIEF refer to older publications that have been stored in the archive. You can request these items by clicking the ‘request’ button in the catalogue and then filling out your data. You will receive an email as soon as the requested item is available at the library information and loan desk of Room Universiteitstraat.

Notations followed by the word ‘(balie)’ indicate books stored in closed shelving in the library. These books cannot be borrowed but can be consulted in the library upon submitting your Ghent University identification card. Please ask at one of the information and loan desks (Room Universiteitstraat or Domed Room).