Answered By: Michael Patten Jr.
Last Updated: Mar 09, 2017     Views: 191

Q: I looked for a book in the stacks and it wasn’t there. What should I do?
Answered by: Michael Patten Jr.

In Orbis, our online catalog, search for the book. There are various searches that you can do, i.e, title, author, subject, keyword.

When you have found the book you are looking for, open up the record and:

 1) Check the call number of the book and make sure it is the same call number that you searched for.

 2) Check the location of the book and make sure you were searching in the proper library.

 3) Check the status of the item to make sure that the book is not checked out or in transit.

 4) Check how the book is classified. Is it Yale Classification of Library of Congress Classification? This is important because these classifications are shelved in different areas.

 Check to see if it the book is regular sized or oversized as these books are shelved in different areas as well.



In the example above, the book is in Sterling Memorial Library (SML), the classification system is Library of Congress (LC) and the item is not checked out. This book should be on the shelf in SML.

If you searched for the book in the proper location and still didn’t find it you have a few options.

1) Check the booktrucks at the end of the aisles on the floor where the book should be shelved. These books are going to be shelved and are in order by call number.

2) You can also visit the service desk in the library and ask for help. The staff there are happy to further assist you.

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