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LGBTQIA+: Books

Library resources for researching LGBTQIA+ related topics

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). This will show you where the book is located (which floor and its location number - known as the 'Call Number'). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: price LGBT education

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.

 

Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

eBook platforms

The Library subscribes to a wide range of ebook platforms, here are just a few:

e-books

Examples of relevant e-books we hold in the Library. Many are available in print as well. If you would like to know more about making effective use of our e-books, see our guide:

Videos: finding and borrowing a book

Cataloguing and classifying LGBTQIA+

The Library uses the Library of Congress and the Dewey Decimal classification schemes to catalogue and classify its stock and we are bound by the rules and subject headings outlined in these. However, we acknowledge that some of the terminology used in these schemes may not always accurately reflect current cultural references.

Just as the field of LGBTQIA+ research is evolving, library classification schemes are beginning to as well, though there is more work to be done. If you would like to know more about this topic, you might find the following articles of interest:

Adler, M. A. (2015). "Let's not homosexualize the library stacks": Liberating gays in the library catalog. Journal of the History of Sexuality, 24(3), 478-507. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.7560/JHS24306  

Drabinski, Emily. (2013) “Queering the Catalog: Queer Theory and the Politics of Correction.” The Library Quarterly: Information, Community, Policy, vol. 83, no. 2, pp. 94–111  https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/669547

Call Numbers for selected topics

Bisexuality 301.424
Civil unions - Law and legislation 347.122             
Gay culture / Gay artists / Transgender artists    704.949301424
Gay men in motion pictures 791.436526642
Gay parents 301.42
Gay rights – Law and legislation 340.16
Gay rights 323.4
Gays – Literature – History and criticism              809.93352664
Gays’ writings - History and criticism      809.8920664
Gender               396
Homosexuality – English literature – History and criticism            820.9353
Homosexuality – Literature – History and criticism          809.93353
Homosexuality 301.424
Homosexuality and art  704.949301424
Homosexuality in motion pictures 791.436526642
Homosexuality in motion pictures           791.4308664
Homosexuality Law and legislation           347.111
Lesbian feminism 301.424 or 396
Lesbianism 301.424
Lesbianism in motion pictures   791.436526643
Lesbians – Literature – History and criticism        809.933526643
Lesbians’ writings           808.80353
Misogyny 301.424 or 396
Queer theory 301.424
Same-sex marriage - Law and legislation 347.122
Same-sex marriage        301.424
Sappho               884.2
Sexual ethics 171.1
Sexual orientation – Literature – History and criticism    809.93353
Sexual orientation and gender   301.424
Sexuality in the classical world   301.4240938
Sociolinguistics / language          401
Transgender artists 704.949301424
Transgender people – Literature – History and criticism 809.9335267
Transphobia 301.424
Women 396

As well as these specific call numbers, there are also books shelved at a more general number. For example, homosexuality in Italian cinema will be shelved at the number for Italian films e.g. 791.430945

Homosexuality in a specific country will be shelved at 301.424 (followed by the classification code for that country) e.g. 301.424095

Homosexuality in literature may be shelved at the author specific number, e.g. Radclyffe Hall 823.912-HAL 

Homosexuality in American literature may be shelved in a general American literature number e.g. James Baldwin 813.54-BAL

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

Subject headings

The following subject headings provide links to just some of the titles held in the Library catalogue relating to these specific areas:

New books

Diversify our collections

Help the Library to diversify ts collections. If there are LGBTQIA+ related titles you would like to see in the Library collection to help support your research, please complete our online suggestion form: