This page covers the basics of finding books and ebooks at the library. Click on the links below to go directly to the sections on:
To find a print book, first identify the correct section of the library by checking the location of the book. Most books are in the "Main Collection" which is on the 3rd floor.
Reading LC Call Numbers
If you are unable to locate the book or the book is missing, ask for help at the Circulation Desk.
Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, professional handbooks (like the DSM-V), citation style guides, and atlases (like Netter's Atlas).
Please let us know by completing the form below or emailing the subject librarian. We cannot guarantee we'll purchase all recommended books, but we're always happy to hear suggestions on what our collection is missing.
The books in the library are organized according to Library of Congress subject headings. This means books are organized by subject rather than by title or author.
Below is a list of the relevant LOC call numbers. You can use them to locate in the library the area where books on a topic are generally located. All books whose call numbers start with these letters will be in the same area of the library.
Call Number : This tells you where to find your book on the shelf. See Find a Book on the Shelves to find out how to read your call number. Books are organized by subject, which means other books on this topic will be shelved near this book.
Subject: This tells you what LC subject areas your book falls under. If you click these, you can look at similar subjects or other books on this subject.
Status: This tells you if the book is available for you to check out. If not, use Prospector to search for other copies of the book at nearby libraries.
Location: This tells you what general area of the library your book is in.
|Main Collection||On the upper floor|
|Oversize/Double Oversize||On the upper floor|
|Young Adult/Children||On the main floor|
|Gov. Docs||On the main floor|
|Reference||Behind the Research Assistance Desk|
|Graphic Novels||On the main floor|
|Bound Periodicals||On the main floor|
|DVDs||Behind the Research Assistance Desk|