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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.


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:


Library of Congress Classification

This list is the basics of the classification system we use to organize books at the Library. After these first letters in the call number are additional letters and numbers that form a subject order for the shelving of our books.

A General Works
B Philosophy, Psychology & Religion
C Auxilary Sciences of History
D History: General, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, etc.
E History: Americas
F History: Americas
G Geography & Anthropology
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
K Law
L Education (shelved in Education Collection)
M Music & Books on Music (shelved in Music Collection)
N Fine Arts
P Language & Literature
Q Science
R Medicine
S Agriculture
T Technology
U Military Science
V Naval Science
Z Bibliographies, Library Science & Information Resources