noun Library Science.
a symbol indicating the location of a work on a shelf.
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Origin of shelf mark
First recorded in 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for shelf mark
The shelf-mark can be placed at the top of the right-hand corner.How to Catalogue a Library|Henry B. (Henry Benjamin) Wheatley
There are no marks of any kind in the book except the mark K11 (I suppose a shelf-mark ) on the inside of the cover.
This is undoubtedly the shelf-mark of the Norwich Public Library.