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Research Toolkit: Find a Book

Tools, techniques, and resources to help you find the information you need.

 Related Guides: Find and Borrow a Book From Another Library


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Finding Books in the Catalog

You can search for books by keyword, title, author, or subject using the Bailey Library catalog.

Enter a title, author or keyword into the search box. Optional: Select word or phrase, subject, author, or title from the drop down menu to specify what you're looking for. Click the search button to run the search. If any books come up in the search, they will appear as a list of results.

There are two types of books in the catalog: print books and eBooks. Print books will have a call number underneath the title and eBooks are labeled E-BOOK underneath the title. Keep this in mind if you have a preference for one or the other.


Accessing Books

For physical items (print books/DVDs)

Click on the title of the book to view the following details:

  • Availability - tells you whether the book is available, checked-out or lost.
  • Call Number - tells you the shelf location of the book.
  • Location - tells you what collection the book can be found in. There are 4 main collections in Bailey Library:
    • General
    • Reference
    • Oversize
    • Children's

If the book is available, make note of the location and call number. All books are organized according to call number from A to Z). If you need assistance finding books on the shelf, ask a library staff member. We're happy to help!

For electronic items (eBooks or online videos)

Click the title of the book to view more details about it. 

Click the "View Resource Online" link to access a digital version of the book.