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EXSC 1210 Intro to Exercise Science (Dionisio) Spring 2023

Understanding Call Numbers

Call numbers are like addresses for books.  Each book has its own unique call number, which makes it easy to find the exact book you are looking for.  Most materials in Milne Library are arranged by subject through the Library of Congress Classification System.  This means that books on similar topics will be next to each other on the shelf, so if you find a call number for one book, chances are that you can browse the shelves in that section and find additional books on your topic.  Check out the Call Number Guide below for more information and an example of how it works!

How to Find a Book in the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog is one option to start when searching for books located within Milne Library.  From the library's main page, click Advanced, and at the top, choose Library Catalog. 

screenshot of the library advanced search


After you do your search, you can use the Availability and Resource Type facets on the left to narrow your results to print books or e-books.


You should always sign in, as this will allow you to access e-books, save items to your folder, etc.: 

screenshot of library sign in page


When you find a book you'd like to check out, you will need the location and call number to find it on the shelf.  

screenshot of library search with call number circled


Most physical (print) materials can be checked out for the whole semester at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.  All you need is your ID!  A few collections, such as Special Collections and the Reference Collection, do not circulate but can be used in the Library.

Check out the video tutorial below for step-by-step instructions: