How Do I find a book?

To find a book, start with QuickSearch. For general information on using this new search tool, visit the QuickSearch help page.

Signing in to QuickSearch will improve your results and allow you to see complete availability and request options.

Selecting a search type

Search Type Description
Basic (default) – Use when unsure of the exact title, author, subject heading, etc. Searches for your term(s) anywhere in the record. Use AND, OR, or NOT to combine terms. If none of those connectors are used, QuickSearch automatically combines the terms with AND. To search for an exact phrase, place the phrase in quotation marks. In the results list, choose the "Resource Type" facet on the left-hand side and choose "Books".
Advanced – Use for more complicated searches that combine terms in different fields or use limits such as publication date Allows you to search for terms in specific fields (e.g., title, author, subject, etc.). Use "Filter My results" to limit your search to a specific library, format, language, publication date, etc.
Browse – Use when looking for a known item or to browse a list of titles, authors, etc. Retrieve a browsable alphabetical list of titles, journal titles, authors, subjects, or call numbers beginning with the first word or call number entered. Authors should always be entered last name first in a browse search.
Course Reserves – Use to find items for classes. Search for items placed on reserve for specific classes.

Book location and availability

To find out whether the book you want is available and where it is located, click on the title to view the full record and look at Find in Library. This shows you which library or libraries have the book, whether it is available, the call number, whether it's on the shelves ("item in place") and whether you can check it out ("loanable" means you can check it out). 

If the book you want is in Alexander, you can consult the list of shelving locations to figure out exactly where to locate the book on the shelves. There are also building maps for each library.

More information

Still need help? Ask a librarian.