Insider Tips for Finding Books on the Shelf

Hello, Library Users! Have you ever had trouble locating a book on the shelf in the library? Below are some common problems and tips for resolving them.

1)   Pay close attention to the catalog record for the book and note the location, call number, and status. Take a look at the example below:

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See how the location says Main? That’s important. That means the book is in the Main Library and not in the Music Library, for example (which is clear across campus). There are lots of different locations for library materials so make sure you are looking in the right place. Not sure about a location? Check out this guide to locations for more information.

2)   If the status of the book indicates it is Available but you still don’t see it on the shelf, ask a librarian for help (librarians have a lot of practice finding missing books), or fill out the missing book form to report that the book is not where it should be.

3)   If the status of the book indicates that it is Recently Returned then that’s a clue that the book might still be in the process of getting back to its proper home on the shelf. The best place to check is the sorting area on the lower level of the library in room 60 (here’s a map). You are free to go down to the sorting area and look for the book you need. (The librarians use this strategy all the time and often find books this way — so now you are in the know!)


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