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Last Updated: Jul 19, 2017     Views: 2817

Finding Books



Look in the Library Catalog to find books owned by the Library. You can get to it via the Library Home Page : click on the "Library Catalog" in the "Featured Links" section to the right of the page.

  Screenshot of the Library Hompage with the Catalog link highlighted
You can search by Keyword, Subject, Title, Author, Call number, and other factors.   Screenshot showing search tab choices in the Library Catalog
Here we are about to do a title search. Note that we have taken the leftmost pulldown to "Title begins with..." and have left the pulldown at "Search Entire Collection" when we are searching for books.   Screenshot of a library catalog search by title
A results screen for a book has three important areas: Location, Call Number, and Status.   Screenshot of Location, Call Number, and Status Fileds
First check the Status area; if a date appears there, the book is checked out.  

Screenshot of the and Status Filed showing a date due

You can click on the Request icon (towards the top of the page) to place a hold on the book that is checked out (you will be put on a waiting list for the book). You will be notified to come in and pick up the book at the first floor Circulation / Reserve Desk   If checked out, the "Request" icon will appear
near the top of the screen.
If the book is not checked out, then note the location (floor) of the item and its call number and go to that floor to look for the book.  

Screenshot of Location, Call Number, and Status Fileds

The books have the call numbers on printed labels on the spines of the books. More on finding a book on the shelf.  

Photo showing the books with labels with call numbers

Clicking on the Location will give you a map to that location.  

Screenshot of catalog record showing where to click for a location map


If we do not have the book in the catalog, click on the Link+ button; if you find a copy in Link+, you can request that the book be brought here for you to check out.

You can also request books that are not available via Link+ through our Document Delivery service available from the Get Materials Not At Our Library page.

  Look for the Link+ icon towards the right of the screen

The above example was a search through the entire collection: you can also search different segments of the collection using this pulldown.

  Screenshot showing other search formats
Electronic Books have links on results lists and-   Screenshot of part of a  results list from a catalog search that shows the ebook link
in the full records for the books. Click on the link to read the book. You may have to have a library PIN/Password if you are accessing it from off campus.   Screenshot of an electronic book record showing the link to the electronic version


For additional tips and tricks on finding books using the library catalog, take a look at the brief video below.


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