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Navigating from the catalog to the book on the shelf

Call Numbers & Locations


If the call number
begins with....
Go to: 
A - G Dinand Stacks, Mezzanine (Upper) Level
H - L  Dinand Stacks, Ground (Lower) Level
M Music Library
N - P Dinand Stacks, Ground (Lower) Level
Q - T Science Library
U - Z Dinand Stacks, Ground (Lower) Level


Oversize Books

If a book is listed as being located in one of the following locations...

OR, if the call number includes a plus sign (+) -- for example, N2294 +G34 2011 --, it means that the book is taller than normal and had to be stored separately, in the oversize section. Oversize books are located at the end of each letter section. For example, you would find the call number above between the 'normal' N section and the start of the O section. Some call numbers have a ++, and will be found between the + section and before the start of the next letter section. There is no oversize section in the Science Library. 

To see our online journals, visit the EJournals portal

Recent journals and newspapers in most subjects are located in the Dinand Periodicals Room. The entrance is on the first floor of Dinand across from the stapler table in the lobby. These are organized A-Z in the back area by the fireplace. There are also a very small number of older periodicals and indexes in this area. 

The Science Library keeps new journals (unbound, single issues of journals published in the current calendar year) organized A-Z in the front (East) end of the library. Older issues are bound together into hard cover volumes. These bound journals, as well as single issues of journals published previously to the current year, are located in the back (West) end of the Science Library.

Recent periodicals in the Music Library are stored A-Z on the periodical shelf, for easy reading. Back issues of each journal are stored behind the displays. 

As you browse the library catalog, you will see that our books, DVDs, and other materials are held in many different locations! It can be confusing to know where to go. Below is a cheatsheet to help you get started. 


For more details about Library of Congress Classification, please see the Library of Congress' Classification Outline and check out this tutorial.