Last Updated: Jun 08, 2018     Views: 3

All of the books in the library have a Library of Congress call number. You can think of call numbers as addresses for books: they tell you where the book is located and what it is about. When you find a book in Library Search, the information you need for finding the book is listed. In the example below, from left to right, we see:

1. The book is available (not checked out)

2. The book is located on the 6th level of the Multi-Tier Stacks

3. The call number.

Image of library catalog record with availability, location, and call number highlighted with boxes

As long as the book is available (not checked out), go to the section of the library where the book is shelved and find the book on the shelf. Tags at the end of each shelf tell you what call numbers are included on that shelf. The books are shelved in alpha-numerical order; read down the shelf that holds the call number you need until you find the book. Once you find your book, check it out at a self-check station or the Main Services Desk.

If you have trouble finding a book, the staff at the Main Services Desk are happy to help you.

You can find a map of call number locations in our wayfinding guide.

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