Answered By: Colin Magee
Last Updated: Jul 11, 2022     Views: 466

The library arranges materials on the shelf using the Library of Congress Classification system.  This is different than how materials are arranged at a public library, which uses the Dewey Decimal System.  Find out more about how LCC works

Three ways to find materials in the library:

  1. Ask for help at the Help DeskDon't be shy!  We're here to help you.  We guarantee that you will not be the first person to ask us for help finding information on any particular assignment.  We've been helping students find stuff for years.  It's what we do best!
  2. Browse the shelves.  The shelves in the Library Stacks (where the books are mostly located) have magnets on them and shelf guides at the end of each shelf to help you browse. 
  3. Look them up in the Library Catalog.  The Library Catalog (part of the Library Search Box) is the library's card catalog, which shows you a listing of each book and movie inside the library.  You can find the book's call number and then locate the book on the shelf using the call number.


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