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Library Guide for International Students

Finding Books

Search with DISCOVERY: Use the DISCOVERY search box from the library homepage

  • Simply type in your search terms (title, author's name, or subject) and hit enter. You’ll be searching the vast majority of the library’s books, articles, sound files, and more. It’s that easy!
  • Use the filters in the left side column to narrow your search to only books.  
  • On the search results page, click on Availability to see if the Gellert Library owns the book and if it is available.

Finding Books in the Stacks

Locating the book in the library:

  • Check the Status of the item to see if the book is available for check-out.

  • Write down the Call Number, which tells you the location of your book in the library, and then head for the shelves!


  • Go to the stacks and find the shelf where it is located. 
  • Use the shelf-end signage to find the correct shelf.
  • Look at the spine labels on the books to find a matching call number.


For a more detailed tutorial on how to read Library of Congress call numbers, try this tutorial:


Accessing E-Books

Accessing E-Books:

  • If an electronic copy of the book is available, click on the View eBook button on the search results page to access the ebook.

  • On the new screen, choose how you want to read this book. You can read online, download the full book for 21 days, or download a portion of it in PDF format.


You can also find ebooks by going to Ebook Central.