Looking for a Specific Book?

Need to find a specific book? Search for the title of the book you're looking for ("quotation marks" around words search for an exact phrase) from the main search box (or Catalog link). See the tutorial!

Need to find it on the shelves?

If you need to find a physical item on the shelves this guide (though designed for Olin Library) explains the general process. Their library research guide also explains, 

"We use Library of Congress call numbers to shelve our books and bound periodicals. For a brief introduction, ask at reference for our Library of Congress Classification handout or see this web site: Library of Congress Classification Outline."

When you find a book's library location and call number, you can go to the library and look at the stacks maps to see where that call number is located in the library. Note: check the library's COVID-19 response page for more information on accessing physical materials.

Library catalog call number example: Mann Library QH308.2.M23 2016

stacks map for Mann library showing location of QH call numbers

Looking for Books on a Topic?

Looking for books on a topic? See this tutorial on searching the library catalog to see how to do a very general keyword search for your subject in the library catalog, find a relevant book, check under Availability to see how you can access it in print (look for the library, call number [book location] and availability) or online (look for the full text link), and find the subject headings.

basic search for sustainable building design in catalog