How do I look up a book?


Short answer:

When you look up an item in Discovery, you can see whether the library owns the item. If we do not, you will see a "request item" button to submit an ILL request.

You can access Discovery from the library's home page, or using the attached link.


Long answer:

It depends where you've found the book. If you've located the book through the library's catalog (which is the big search box on the library homepage), the call number will be at the bottom-right of the item record. I've attached an example record. On the bottom-right, you'll see the check mark and the word "Available" which means that the title should currently be on our shelves, and then the location is below: PS 3563 .O8749 B58 1970.

Because this starts with a letter and not a number, it is in Library of Congress classification system. If it started with a number, it would be Dewey Decimal classification system. Shelf locations are:


  • 000's to 800's, bottom floor of the FLC
  • 900's, top floor of the FLC


  • A to L, top floor of the FLC
  • M to Z, bottom floor of the FLC

Reference, DVDs, CDs, and Browsing are on the main level of the FLC (near the Circulation Desk).

So, the attached example of PS would be on the bottom floor of the FLC. Once you go downstairs, you can look at the shelf locations on the sides of the stacks to find that particular call number.

If you were searching using the library's databases and found a book that you're interested in, you'll have to copy the title and search it through our catalog to see if we own a copy. If we don't, you can always request the title through Interlibrary Loan.

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  • Last Updated Feb 06, 2021
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  • Answered By Taylor Baugher

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