Q. How do I find books/materials in the Library?
Using the Library Catalog
Physical books, journals, media, and other materials can be searched using the library catalog. Records in the catalog will include information on the general location and an item-specific call number to help you track down the item on the library shelves. E-books and e-journals are also searchable in the catalog, and include a direct link to view or download the item online. Some materials, such as those stored in Special Collections or Course Reserves, may need to be retrieved for you. See the instructions below for help locating different kinds of materials or locations:
- Searching the catalog for books and media
- Searching the catalog for materials in Special Collections and Archives
- How to request an item from the BARN
Locating Items on the Shelf
USU Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system (LCC) to organize our collections. Academic and research libraries use this system instead of the Dewey decimal system, as is common in public and K-12 education institutions. The Library of Congress system is divided into classes and subclasses by subject, which are used to create an alpha-numeric call number for cataloging library materials. To browse LCC classes, see this outline of Library of Congress.