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Find Books: How to Find a Book on the Shelf

Call Numbers

Call number begin with one or more letters, representing a broad subject area. Following the letters are numbers, then decimal numbers specifying the item.

Reference items include the letters “REF” before the call number to indicate that they are part of the Reference collection. Once in the Reference section, look for the next set of letters in the call number.

Locate a Call Number

Find print books on the shelf by the call number located on the spine of the book.

Items that do NOT have a call number, but DO have a URL are likely e-books.

Click on the link provided and enter your login information (the same login that you use to sign on your computer) to access these books. You must have internet access to use these resources.

Here is an example of a call number: HV6024.5.N63. To find your book, follow these steps:

HV

1. Use these letters to find the appropriate aisle(s) in the library

6024

2. Look for the main number (filed from smallest to largest)

.5

3. Look for any additional numbers (remember that .5 is larger than .45)

.N63

4. Look for the specific item using this combination of letter and numbers

Item Locations

Books can be found in the general circulating collection, the reference section, or be located in reserves at the circulation desk, at a variety of library locations.

Reserves

1st floor circulation desk

Videos & DVDs 1st floor circulation desk

Reference

1st floor

Special Collections

3rd floor

Stacks

2nd and 3rd floors

Social Science Library

UOIT Downtown

Education Library

UOIT Downtown