After reviewing this information, you will be able to:
Use the directions below to find and checkout books in Memorial Library.
When you find your book online, you will have all the information you need to find the book. Just take note of the collection and the call number. The collection is the group of books your book lives with, and the call number is the exact location (think of it like an address) of the book on the shelf.
To find the book in the library, you'll need this information on hand. Either write this call number and collection down, text it to yourself, print the book's information, or use the email option to email yourself the book's information.
Then, bring this information into Memorial Library to find your book!
Books in the library are divided into collections. Each collection has a specific location. Use the table below to locate which floor your book is on.
|Bestsellers||1st floor - under atrium|
|General Collection||2nd and 3rd floor|
Call number starting with A-E
Call number starting with F-PN
Call number starting with Q-Z
|Government Documents||1st floor|
|Juvenile Fiction, Nonfiction||lower level--east|
|Lass Center for Minnesota Studies||2nd floor--center|
|Maps & Atlas||1st floor--east|
|New Books||1st floor - under atrium|
What's a Call Number?
Libraries use a classification system of letters and/or numbers ( also known as the call numbers) to arrange the books on the shelf. The call numbers make sure that books on the same topic are shelved together. This means that when you go find your book on the shelf, there's probably a bunch of books near it on the same topic. We call this "serendipitous browsing:" Libraries in the United States generally use the Library of Congress Classification System or the Dewey Decimal Classification System to organize their books. Most academic libraries, like us here at MSU, use the Library of Congress Classification System (LC)
How to Read a Call Number
Book title: Uncensored War: The Media and Vietnam
Author: Daniel C. Hallin
Call Number: DS559.46 .H35 1986
Lines 1 & 2: The first two lines describe the subject of the book.
In this case, DS 559.45 = Vietnamese Conflict
Line 3: The third line usually represents the author's last name. In this case
H = Hallin
Last line: The last line represents the date of publication. Older items may not include the year
Tips for Finding Books on the Shelf
Read call numbers line by line.
Here's a shelf of books with the call numbers and their order explained.
Content for this box provided by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The original content can be found through the Online Library Learning Center.
Once you find your book, take it to the Circulation Desk on the first floor. Your MavCard is your library card! Take the books and your MavCard to the circulation desk by the entrance.
The following table lists how long you can check out items.
|Library Item||Loan Period||Can it be renewed?|
|Books (General Collection)||21 days (undergrad)
1 semester (grad)
|Yes (use My Library Account to renew)|
|Audiobooks||21 days (undergrad)
1 semester (grad)
|Digital Cameras||7 days||No|
|Laptop Computers||7 days||No|
If you have any trouble concerning books or finding books, please talk to a librarian.
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