2 How to find a book Searching the Catalog To find a book in the City University Library system, use CUNY+, the libraries online catalog.To get to CUNY+, go to the City College Library Home Page, and select CUNY+ Catalog.
3 How to find a bookStep One: If you want to view all books located in the City University (CUNY), then begin your search at the opening page, which is the CUNY UNION CATALOG.If you want to locate only books at the City College library, catalog click "Select Individual CUNY Libraries" and select City.You will be on the "Basic Search" page.
4 How to find a book Step 2: Preparing the search query. On the Basic Search page under “Select search type " you can select your search query.Under “Search For ” type your search query. Examples of search queries are noted under the search box.
5 How to find a book Result List How to find a bookResult ListTitles are listed by most recent date of publication.Each title is numbered. Click the number link to view detailed information about the book.
6 How to find a book Step 3: Viewing the record - Result List How to find a bookStep 3: Viewing the record - Result ListClick this link to view the call number.
7 How to find a book Step 4: Call Number How to find a bookStep 4: Call NumberOn the call number page take note of the Call number, as well as Item status, and Due Date.Item status will tell you if it is circulating or non-circulating.Due date will tell you if the book has been checked out, or if it is on the shelf.
8 Location ChartStep 5: Location of the book - Floor Location Chart - Call NumbersThese are charts posted around the catalog area that gives directions to floors where books can be located.On the chart the first letter of the call number is noted. It will also give directions to the floor on which the book is located.
9 How to find a book Step 6: Understanding Call Numbers: a Tutorial Skip tutorial
10 LIBRARY OF CONGRESS CALL NUMBERS City College Library The Call Number on the spine of thebook tells you where to find the bookon the shelves.TR178.83.B351992Press space bar to continue.Press “P” to back up.Press “esc key” to end.
11 TR 178.83 City College Library Academic Libraries usually use the Library of Congress Classification System,not the Dewey Decimalsystem.City College LibraryThe first line is shelved in alphabetical order.On the library shelves you’d find books with thecall number HA shelved before HB, TR wouldbe before TS, etc...TR178.83The second line is a real number. You’dfind 1 before 2, and before 178.9,etc...
12 TR 178.83 .B35 1967 City College Library This line is both alphabetical and decimal.A number with .A-- would be found on the shelfbefore a number with .B--, B before C, etc….But don’t forget this is a decimal number, so.B35 would be found on the shelf after .B214and before .B4City College LibraryTR178.83.B351967This number is usually the date of thepublication of the book wouldbe found on the shelf before 1968,1968 before 1969, etc...
13 Where should this book go in this sequence? City College Library BS23.5.F578Where should this book go in this sequence?Think of the answer before you advance the slide.BR23.F466BS23.H4BS23.243.F578BS23.5.F578BS23.7.F571City College LibraryWhere should this book go in this sequence?PS3711.I76Think of the answer before you advance the slide.PS3711.F18PS3711.I7PS3711.76PS3711.I8PS3711.I975If you got either of these wrong return to page one or continue.
14 How to find a book Step 7: Finding books on the shelf On each floor there are direction signs.
15 How to find a bookGo to the area where you will find the book
16 How to find a bookAs you walk down the aisle you will notice that each book has a label with letters and numbers. Make sure the call number that you copied from the CUNY+ catalog corresponds with the number on the book.
17 How to find a book Step 6: Check-out Circulating books are noted in the CUNY+ catalog as stacks. These books may be taken to the Circulation Desk for check-out.Back toResearch Resources