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Find Books: Search Print Books Only

Need a book or ebook, but don't know where to start? This guide will get you on the right track.

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If you're not interested in ebooks, you may want to search our catalog (aka OPAC, or Online Public Access Catalog) of physical materials in the library. To access the catalog, select "Books" from the "Find" menu.


From here, you're directed to our catalog, where you can search by words or phrase, author, title, subject or series. Be very mindful of your spelling. Our catalog won't correct you, and a misspelling may result in no hits.



If you find a book that looks promising, click the title link to view more details and complete availability information. The call number corresponds to the book's subject classification, and you will need this number to locate the book on the shelf. The location is also important. Here are some common locations:

  • STACKS -- this means the book is available on the shelf for a 2-week checkout. Our stacks are located on the East side of the Library
  • RESERVE -- this is a reserve book, which means it is a required book for a class. Reserve books are 2-hour library use only, and must be requested at the circulation counter
  • REFERENCE -- reference books are self-service, but cannot be checked out. These books are located on the West side of the Library.
  • MATERIAL HAS BEEN CHECKED OUT -- the book isn't available because it's checked out to someone else. If you'd like to prevent the book from being renewed, and receive a notification upon its return, you may place a hold. Click the "place hold" link. Your user ID is your student ID and your PIN is your 4-digit date of birth. INSERT IMAGE

If you have trouble locating a book on the shelf, a librarian will be happy to assist you. Information about the Library's circulation policies (e.g. "How long can I keep this book?") can be found here.

Keep in mind that the Library catalog is more finicky than One Search. You can search by words or phrase, author, title, subject or series. Enter your search terms and click the appropriate button. Do not attempt to search multiple fields at once, e.g. a combination title/author search. You will not get good results. For example, a search for "part-time indian alexie" yields no results even though we do in fact carry the book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. 


If you wish to search multiple fields at once, click the Power Search link search instead.


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