What is ...?

CALL NUMBER: A group of letters and/or numbers that identifies a specific item in a library. You need the call number to locate an item. 

CHECKED OUT: Borrowed by another user. It means that the item is not in the library.

REFERENCE: It is shelved in the reference area and can only be used in the library.

RESERVES: On Reserve at the Circulation Desk. It can be borrowed and used in the library for a certain period of time.

STACKS: If the item location is STACKS or EDUCATION and the status is Available, you can retrieve the item from the shelf yourself and check it out.

How to Find Books in the Catalog

Search with DISCOVERY on the library homepage or advanced search:

  • 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.  
  • You can also use the Advanced Search page. Select "Book" or "eBook" from the "Format" drop down bellow your search terms.

Accessing E-Books

If you are off campus you will need to login with your NDNU credentials to view ebooks.

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.