Once you find a print book in the catalog, it is time to locate the book in the library. To find a book, pay attention to the call number and item status.
Example print book in the library catalog
Call Number – Gives the physical location for where a book is shelved.
Item Status – Lets you know if a book is on the shelf, currently checked out, or non-circulating (available for in library use but can't be checked out).
Additional Location Information – Some items might be in a specific collection that will be shelved separately from the main stacks on the second floor of the library. Some examples to look for:
Read the first line in alphabetical order: A, B, BV, C, D ... P, PQ, Q, R, RC ...
Read the second line as a whole number: 1, 2, 3, 56, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 3492 ...
The third line is a combination of a letter and number(s).
First, read the letter alphabetically.
Then, read the number as a decimal: .C65 = .65, .F724 = .724
The fourth line is the publication date. Multiple publications of the same title are arranged chronologically.
The final line (if present) indicates additional info, such as volume or copy number.
Note: Call numbers are read line by line, top to bottom.