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Library & Research Overview: Find Books

A guide to using the CIA Library and conducting academic research.

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 1 month and renew once for another month

  • “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

> More about books in the CIA Library     

Search Books

Omnivore BookSearch

Omnivore OneSearch Help Guide                    Advanced Search


Log in to the eBooks with your CIA username and password, the same as MainMenu and Moodle (not your full email.)

Understanding the Book Record in Omnivore

Look at the record in the Omnivore catalog to learn more about the book. This will help you evaluate the book and determine if the book is useful and appropriate.

Book Record

Finding a Book on the Library Shelves

In the Library Catalog, look for:

  • Call Number - the "address" of the book on the shelf, e.g. TX 820 .C9676 2011
  • Location e.g Circulating (2nd Floor)
  • Circulation Status - Available, Checked Out, 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 at the Library Help Desk
  • Reference encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, etc. to be used in the Library; located on the main floor (3rd floor)

Finding the Call Number, Location, & Status

Call Number

Layout of the Hilton Library Book Stacks

The Library's book stacks are organized by the Library of Congress Classification.  The book collection begins on the 4th floor of the library and continues down through the following two floors. 

Bldg. Level    Call Nos.    Subjects
4th floor A - HE History (incl. food history & customs), psychology, economics.
3rd floor    HF - TT Wines, brewing, food processing, agriculture, science, business, social sciences, arts, literature.
2nd floor TX - Z Culinary arts, cookbooks, baking and pastry, mixology.

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