How do I find books when I have the call number?

Main Collection books, Reference, and bound Periodicals are shelved according to the Library of Congress (LC) call number system. Main Collection books are located on the third floor of the library. Each group of stacks is marked with a sign indicating the call number range for that section. Reference, Periodicals, and Theses also use LC call numbers, but Government Documents and Juvenile books use different systems.

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Does the library have fun books to read?

Yes! We have a collection of Popular Books located on the 2nd floor, near the copy center.

In addition, our Kindles can be checked out and each Kindle reader has many books loaded, including fun titles, on it. They are available for checkout at the Circulation/Reserve counter on the 1st floor.

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What should I do if I can't find a book on the shelf?

  1. Look around... Is it near a copy machine? Is it misshelved close to where it should be? Did it slip behind the other books? Feel free to ask for other ideas at the Reference Desk or at the Circulation & Reserve counter.
  2. Check the sorting area (near the Folio books) on the 3rd floor. Books are in rough call number order.
  3. Check the new book shelves on the 3rd floor (across from the elevators), especially if it is a recently published book.
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Where do I get a book my professor put on hold?

A book on hold would most likely mean that it is on reserve. These books are held behind the circulation desk on the first floor for classes. To find them, you need to search for your class in our reserve system: http://reserves.calstate.edu/chico/.

Once you have searched for your class (HIST 130 for example) there will be a call number for the book.

Give the call number to the person at circulation and they will retrieve the book for you.

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How do I find a book?

You are able to search and find library books using OneSearch. Just search for your topic/subject by typing a keyword or keywords. Once you click "search" a list of books with those keywords will be listed on a result list.

For example, if you were looking for "How has renewable energy helped the economy" you could use the keywords: renewable energy and economy.

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What is a folio?

Folios are over-sized books that require larger-than-normal shelves. They are available on the 3rd floor and circulate like regular books.

Folio books are great for finding images in art, photography, advertising, graphic arts, and geography. You can browse in the appropriate call number area or use the Advanced search > Location option in the library catalog.

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