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Library Research Methods: Find Books

Checking Out Books


The Hilton Library has Open Stacks which means you can browse the shelves to select books.

  • Bring books to the Library Help Desk to check them out

  • Your CIA ID card is your library card

  • You can check books out for 2 weeks and renew once for another 2 weeks

  • “I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten;
    even so, they have made me.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Learn more about finding books      

Search Books

Omnivore BookSearch

Omnivore OneSearch Help Guide                    Advanced Search

Finding a Book on the Library Shelves

In the Library Catalog, look for:

  • Location
  • Call Number - the "address" of the book on the shelf, e.g. TX 820 .C9676 2011
  • Circulation Status - On Shelf, DUE, etc.

There are three locations for books:

  • Circulating books you can borrow; located on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of the Library
  • Reserves books set aside by your instructors to be used in the Library; ask for them at the Library Help Desk
  • Reference encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. to be used in the Library; located on the main floor (3rd floor)

This table indicates which call numbers are located on each floor.

Call Number Range    Bldg. Level
A - PS 3560 4th floor
PS 3561 - TX 556 3rd floor
TX 557 - Z 2nd floor

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