Sherratt Library

Locating Books in the Library

Main Collection (Second Floor)

LC Classification exampleThe largest library collection is the Main Collection located on the Second Level. When you've found a book in the library catalog, in order to locate it you'll need to have the call number, collection location, and know if it is available for checkout! With this information, you can go to that collection, and to the shelf where it is located.

For example, suppose you want to find the book Roughing It, written by Mark Twain. It's in the Main Collection on the Second floor, with the call number PS 1318 .A1.

As you move through the book shelves on the Second Floor, check the signs on the ends of the shelves (see illustration to the right). 

As you go down this aisle, look at the spine labels on the books. You see there are several books labeled PS 1318. Then look for the .A1 portion of the call number. Notice that there are other books on this shelf authored by Mark Twain.

TIP: Once you find an item on the shelf, browse items nearby. Books are shelved according to subject, so you may find something useful.

a. What if a book is not on the shelf?

If the library catalog Copy Status indicates that an item is "Checked In" but you cannot find it on the shelf, follow these steps:

  • Double-check the collection and call number.
  • Look on nearby shelves to see if the item has been incorrectly shelved.
  • Look on the red return shelves near the area.
  • Check in the Copy Center.
  • Ask someone at the Circulation Desk if the item is on a reshelving cart.
  • Hint: When you take an item off the shelf, don't try to put it back yourself. Instead, put it on a red shelf so that a librarian can make sure it is returned to its correct location.

    b. Reciprocal borrowing

    As a student at SUU, you can use your SUU ID to borrow books from other academic libraries in Utah. For example, if you visit the library at Dixie State College you can use your SUU Library ID to borrow books. In fact, you can return those borrowed books at SUU.

    Reference Collection (First Floor)

    Encyclopedia exampleThe Reference Collection is a good place to find basic and background information for your research topics. The Library Reference Collection is located on the Main Level as you enter the library. These books are located near the Reference Desk, where you can ask for help with your research. The books in the Reference Collection are shelved using the Library of Congress classification system, the same system used in most areas of the library. Since other students and faculty may need immediate access to these reference books, they must be used in the library.

    In the Reference Collection you'll find encyclopedias like the The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, almanacs and fact books like the World Almanac, English and foreign language dictionaries like the Oxford Starter Italian Dictionary, and many more sources to help you with your research topics. Check with the Reference Librarian for help with this collection.

    Journals Collection (Periodicals)

    The Serials Collection is where you'll find print issues of magazines, newspapers, journals,  and newsletters. Current and past issues of these periodicals are arranged on the shelves alphabetically by title.

    Media Collection (First Floor)

    Curriculum Collection (Third Floor)

    Special Collections (Garden Level)