Search In: Library Catalog
The Library Catalog is your portal to finding books, ebooks, DVDs, AV materials, and other resources. In essence, the catalog is a list of all the items contained within the library. Items are organized by author, title, subject, and publication information.
To search for books in the catalog, enter your search terms in the box below.
Finding Books in the Stacks
Once you've found a book in the catalog that you would like to check out, you can use the book's call number to find it in the main stacks (located on the 3rd floor).
Like most academic libraries, Bortz Library uses the Library of Congress (LOC) call number classification system to organize its materials. The LOC classification system organizes materials by subject and assigns call numbers to each item to indicate where to find it on the shelf. Each call number is made up of a unique series of letters and numbers and typically contains 3-5 lines. Call numbers should be read left-to-right, top-to-bottom. Sample call number:
BF Line 1: defines the general subjects (B=religion, BF=Psychology)
1078 Line 2: defines a narrow subtopic within the broader subject (1078=dreams)
.S5 Line 3: Cutter number corresponds to the author's name or the title of the work (.S5 = Ella Freeman Sharp)
1978 Line 4: year of publication (or possibly copyright date)
c. 1 Line 5: copy number (if a library has multiple copies of the same book)
Library staff are always available help patrons find books!