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Finding Books, Videos & Course Reserves: Find Your Item

Learn how to find books, videos and more in the ACC library.

Call Numbers

Books, DVDs

To find an item on the shelf, you need it's call number. This is usually found on a label on the spine of the item or the lower left of the front cover. Notice the location of the item you looked up to make sure it is at your library. 

This is the address of each individual item in the library collection. It is similar to the address of a house on a street. Each house has a specific address; each item has its own address too.

ACC uses the Library of Congress Classification System (and/or the National Library of Medicine system at EVC). The items are shelved alphabetically according to the first letters of the call number and then numerically.

Course Reserves 

Ask for help at the front desk or Ask a Librarian desk to find Course Reserves at your campus library.

 

Example:

Harry Potter Book Search Result

Location: 

On the Circulating Shelves at Cypress Creek, Round Rock, South Austin campus libraries.

To request this book from another campus - click on the book title and choose Request This Copy. It will be pulled off the shelf and sent by intercampus mail. You will get an email when it is ready for checkout.

Status:

Available (On the shelves)

 

Browsing

Searching the library online is not the only way to search for resources. If you have only a general research idea, just looking at items on the shelves may be more useful.

Library materials are grouped into subject areas, so try browsing around a useful call number area. Use this printable guide to find the appropriate section of the the library's collection.

You can also browse from your computer! Do a call number search in the Library Catalog to see a list of titles at all ACC libraries in order by call number. TIP: Do not type in the entire call number, just the beginning letters.


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