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Library Basics

This guide provides information about finding articles and books.

Search for a Book

Locating a Book

The catalog record for a book lists a location; usually in the Main Stacks, which are on the 8th & 9th floors of the library.

The catalog record also gives a call number, a collection of letters and number that uniquely identifies its location in the library. Healey Library uses the U.S. Library of Congress Classification (LCC) system to assign call numbers.

A typical call number looks like this: QD934.C49C7. All the books in the library are arranged on the shelves by their call numbers. The initial letters in the call number indicate which floor to look on, and the rest will help you narrow down the exact shelf location to find the book.

  • A-NC: Floor 8
  • ND-Z: Floor 9

Need more information about call numbers and how they work? See the Research Basics Tutorial.

Checking Out a Book

To check out a book, take it and your photo ID to the circulation desk on the 2nd floor of the library. Undergraduates may keep books out for 30 days, with up to four 30-day renewals. You can renew books online by logging into My Library Account through UMBrella.

Reference books (found on the 4th floor of the library, and marked "Ref") may not be checked out, and most reserve material must be used in the library, too.

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