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Find Books: Search Print Books & eBooks

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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The Library provides access to more than 300,000 books in both print and electronic formats. To simplest way to find books in both formats is through the One Search search box on the Library's homepage.

Keep in mind that when you use One Search, you are searching a selection of the Library's article databases as well as books and ebooks. If you don't want to see article results, use the limiters on the left side of the page to narrow your results.

Print Books

Print books will say "book" beneath an image of the jacket cover. If you find a book you'd like to use, you must confirm the book's call number and status. The call number corresponds to the book's subject classification, and you will need this number to locate the book on the shelf. The status is also important. Here are some common statuses:

  • STACKS -- this means the book is available on the shelf for a 2-week checkout. Our stacks are located on the West 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 East 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 link that says "retrieve catalog item" and then click the "place hold" link. Your user ID is your student ID and your PIN is your 4-digit date of birth.

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.


Ebooks are indicated by the word "eBook" beneath the jacket cover. The good news about ebooks is that you don't need to be on campus or have a special device to access them. Ebooks can be viewed in your web browser. Simply click on the link "PDF Full Text" to start reading.


You can navigate through ebooks using the table of contents on the left or the arrow keys at the bottom of the page. 


You can also download a selection of pages (not the entire book) for off-line reading.

If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to login with UIA username/password. More information about using library resources from off-campus is here.

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