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How Are Books Organized on the Shelves?

We arrange every book, video, DVD, CD, map, or magazine on the shelves in the library by subject. Like other academic libraries, we use the Library of Congress Classification System to assign Call Numbers to our materials so that books, etc. on similar topics are next to each other on the shelves. 

You need to know a book's call number in order to get it off the shelf in the library. This CSU, Los Angeles guide entitled, Understanding Call Numbers provides a useful introduction to the organizational scheme. Call numbers are a book's address on the shelves, they tell you the subject of the book, and make sure that books on the same subject are shelved together.

Using & Finding Books

Why Use Books?

Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. 

How Do I Search for Books?

Use WorldCat (World Catalog) to search for books, articles, media, and more that we have at MJC and to find out where they're located. WorldCat will also show you materials you can get from other libraries. 

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What if MJC Does Not Have What I Need?

If you find materials in WorldCat that you need, but MJC does not own them, you can simply click the Request Item button in WorldCat to have that item sent to you here at MJC.

If, however, you need materials that you cannot find in WorldCat, click the links below to request the appropriate resource through interlibrary loan.

Books & Media Request form: Use this form to request books, videos, music, etc. that you could not find in WorldCat.

Article Request form: Use this form to request copies of articles that you could not find in WorldCat or one of our Article Databases.

 

Need Books from Other Libraries?

If you find materials in WorldCat that you need, but MJC does not own them, you can simply click the Request Item button in WorldCat to have that item sent to you here at MJC.

If, however, you need materials that you cannot find in WorldCat, click the links below to request the appropriate resource through interlibrary loan.

Books & Media Request form: Use this form to request books, videos, music, etc. that you could not find in WorldCat.

Article Request form: Use this form to request copies of articles that you could not find in WorldCat or one of our Article Databases.

 

How Do I Place a Hold?

You can place a hold on an item that is currently checked out; when it is returned, you will be notified by email. You can also place a hold on an item in Columbia's library and it will be sent to MJC for you. Or even place a hold from home on an item on MJC's shelf so it doesn't get checked out by anyone else before you get to the library. 

To learn how, view this 3-minute video tutorial or read the transcript.

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