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Celebrating diversity

This guide highlights the efforts the library and its staff, working in partnership with others across the University, are making in support of marginalised and under-represented groups.

LGBTQ+ Books

This specially created Reading list showcases our collection relating to the LGBTQ+ community across a range of disciplines- from Art, History and Literature to Business, Healthcare and more. 

Most of the books relating specifically to sexuality and gender are found on the Ground floor in the North wing.

Please feel free to recommend books for the Library, which you think would be of relevance and contribute to the Library’s LGBTQ+ collection. You can do this by emailing with your recommendations. Members of University staff can submit a request though the Books Recommendation online form.

Browse at a shelf number to discover relevant material

176  Sexual ethics

305  Gender

306-307 Sexuality

306.762  Asexuality

306.764  Heterosexuality 

306.765  Bisexuality

306.766  Queer studies

306.766  Male homosexuality

306.7663  Lesbianism

306.768  Trans-genderism

306.7685 Intersexuality

306.87408664  Gay parents

306.848  Gay marriage

323.3264  Gay rights

342.087   Gay rights law

346.0168  Gay marriage law

616.8583  Sexual and gender identity disorders

791.45652 Race gender and sexuality in television

791.45653 Sexuality in film

The Library uses the Dewey Decimal classification system to catalogue and classify our books and we are tied by the rules and subject headings contained within this system. However, some of the terminology in the classification is a little dated and does not reflect current cultural references or preferences. Like language, the Dewey Decimal system continues to evolve, as it strives to become more inclusive of different identities and communities. It is important to keep this in mind when researching LGBTQ+ topics.

Descriptive terms relating to sexuality have changed over time. For example the term homosexuality was not used with its contemporary meaning until the end of the nineteenth century, and many terms used in historical records might be considered offensive today or have a different meaning. Terms can also have different meaning depending on the individual, group, context, country etc. Therefore, it is important to consider this when searching for information relating to LGBTQ+ topics.

Recent LGBTQ+ Books