Learn to Find, Access, and Manage Information

Ask a Librarian
Find a book by title

  1. Use the Books tab on the Libraries Webpage.
  2. In the search box, type the title of the book.
    • You don't need to use punctuation marks or capitals.
  3. Select Title Words from the drop-down menu below the search box.
  4. Click Search.
  5. Click the book title you need from the list of results to see where the book is.
    • If you are not sure which book you need, use other information about your book (e.g., author or date of publication) to help you choose.
    • There may be several editions of the book you want. Usually you will want the most recently published edition.
  6. Write down the book's location and call number.
    • You'll need both to find it on the shelf!
  7. Go to the appropriate library and pick up the book.
    • To find the library's location, click the title link to look at the full record.
    • To find your call number on the shelves, ask a librarian for help or find a stack guide when you arrive.

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The name of a library and its floor/room where you can find the item you searched.
call number
The combination of letters and numbers assigned to library materials to designate where items are shelved. Call numbers enable material to be arranged by subject on the shelves. Bates College, Ladd Library Glossary
stack guide
A guide that shows where you can find a book with a specific call number.

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