Answered By: Research Librarian
Last Updated: Aug 20, 2018     Views: 21

When you find a book or print item that supports your research, you will see if it is available and where it is located. While some special collections materials are on the lower level, most of our books are on the upper level. This will look a bit different depending on which search tool you are using.


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Glocat Classic:


Write down the entire call number (e.g. QE506 .A48 1998), the last name of the first author as well as the beginning of the title. Items are sorted by subject, so you will find books and journals on the same topic in the same area. The Library of Congress classification system is an alpha-numeric system used for organizing books on the upper level.

Locate Items with a Call Number:

  • Start with the call letters, QE. Look for the blue signs pointing you to the right letters.
  • Once you find the QEs, look for the numbers, 506
  • Once you find QE506, look for the cutter letter, .A
  • Then look for the numbers after the decimal and cutter letter, 48
  • The last number, 1998, refers to the book's publication date or the copyright year.
  • Once you are in the section for QE506 .A48 1998 look at the titles and find the book. Note that the spacing is not important; QE506.A48 1998 is the same.

Milne Library Floor Plans can help you find books in other collections and the approximate locations of books on the upper level by call number.