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International Student Library Guide: Finding Books & Movies

An Introduction to the Kraemer Family Library for International & ESL Students

Ebooks & Streaming Movies

To access an ebook or streaming movie, you need to use the link to view the eBook or streaming film above the Location, Call # and Status information inside the item's full record.

the view eBook link in a catalog record is above the information about the location, call number, and status

If you are off campus, you will be asked to enter your UCCS username and password.

Course Reserves

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Some instructors put books and movies on Reserve for their classes. Reserve items are available for a short period of time so all students have access to then during the semester. If an item is on Reserve for a class, it is behind the main circulation desk. You need to bring the book's call number to the desk so that circulation staff can find it for you. 

Loan times vary by item and can be 2 hours, 4 hours, 1 day, 3 days, or 7 days.

Search for Books!

Use the Kraemer Library Catalog to find books, ebooks, DVDs, streaming movies, CDs, and streaming music owned by the library. You cannot find articles in the catalog! Need articles for your assignment? Search in a database.

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Kraemer Library Catalog Search


Advanced Search

Is our copy of a book checked out? Not enough books about your research topic at UCCS?

Use Prospector to search the catalogs of other libraries in Colorado! If an item you want is available, place a request and it will be delivered to Kraemer Family Library. You'll get an email when the item arrives.

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Prospector: Classic Catalog

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Advanced Search

A Quick Guide to Searching the Catalog

Use a keyword search to find books by topic. A keyword search will find results in all fields of the item record including title, contents, summary, subject and more.  

Use a title search if you know the full title of the book or film you are looking for. 

Use an author search to find books by a specific author. Remember to put the author's last name (surname) first: i.e. Austen, Jane. 

Use a subject search only if you know the specific subject heading (tag) of the item. A subject search only matches assigned subject headings in one field of a book record

Use the information in the catalog record to determine if it's worth your time to find the book or film.

  • Check the copyright date in the Publisher field to make sure the book is current enough for your topic.
  • Make sure the book is Available. If it is checked out, try to find another copy with Prospector.
  • Determine if the book is relevant by checking the Contents, Summary, or Subject fields.

To locate foreign language materials, first type in your keyword in the Advanced Search option of the catalog.

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Then select the a language from the provided list. Finish by clicking on submit.

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Find a Book on the Shelves

To locate a book, you first must get the call number and location by searching the catalog. In the United States, we use the Library of Congress (LC) classification system to organize our books. Below is a brief explanation of how LC call numbers are read. Books are arranged from A-Z on the 3rd floor.

Reading LC Call Numbers

books sorted in correct order by call number

  • N - describes the subject area: read in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic: read as a whole number
  • .B634 - describes the author's last name: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication: read in chronological order

If you are unable to locate the book or the book is missing, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.

Look at the Library Map to see how the books are organized on the 3rd floor.