|Why||for finding broad, more comprehensive information on your topic|
|Where||books can be found by searching our catalog and our e-books page. They can be print and electronic. Print books are on the fourth (A-G), third (H-S), and second (S-Z) floors in the library; e-books are online through our library catalog.|
|How||begin with a broad search in the library catalog. Use key terms, boolean operators, and limiters to narrow your search|
To find library items
Take a look at our library floor maps
What is a Request?
Requesting a book is a simple way to get your library item(s), from on or off campus. To request materials that have been checked out by another patron, search for the item in our library catalog and click the Request button under the Find it tab. When a request is made, we notify the patron with the item and shorten the checkout time. (This can be especially helpful since faculty members and graduate students have long checkout periods on books). To view your requests, visit your account page.
How do I Request a Book?
What is Interlibrary Loan?
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is service that allows for the worldwide sharing of library materials. This service is available for faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students.
How do I Request a Library Item Using Interlibrary Loan?
Library of Congress is a classification system most commonly used by research and academic libraries (much like Dewey for public libraries).
What is a call number?
In Library of Congress classification, subjects are arranged by letter (P is Language and Literature), then by subcategory (PS is American Literature). For a complete listing of subjects, visit the Library of Congress Classification Outline.
How do I find my library item?
It can be helpful to think of a call number as the address for the material. Each item has only one call number associated with it. It is also helpful to know which floor your item will be located on. So before hunting the stacks, take a look at our library maps or look at this list of the UI Library floor locations for selected LC classification letters.
You can watch a short video of Joe Vandal finding a book in the library.