Answered By: Aine Meehan
Last Updated: Mon,Feb,2019     Views: 161

How to find a book using the Catalogue 

First of all you need to search the catalogue  for the book to see if we have it, and if it is on the shelf or on loan.  Search at

  1. Type in BIG search box and click Search. Type in part of the author's name if you have it. 

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Next check availability. If the book is on loan a date will be displayed which is the date the book is due back. Write down (or take a photo with your phone) the call number. (we sometimes call this the class number just to confuse you!!! but they mean the same thing.)

The little number in brackets after the call number refers to the number of copies of that book, but to really see where in the library those books are you need to click on the book title to see a better view of the book details. For example if the location says Reference then the book is shelved in the very top floor.


Research Starter info on call numbers and the Dewey Decimal System. (way books are arranged in libraries)

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Don't forget to use the tabs in the catalogue record to view TOC (Table of contents) or other editions etc. 



Go to the shelves and look for 657 WOO

(The WOO bit is called a cutter number and is the first 3 characters of the authors surname)

(Each shelf has a poster on the side showing what class/call numbers sit on it)




Borrow the book


Go to the Information Desk and present the book and your id card /student card to the Library staff member on duty who will then check out the book to you.

You have to try to find the book yourself but if you are completely lost or need assistance staff who are working at the information desk will come to the shelves and help you out, you just have to ask.

Please note that the Information Desk opens at 10am every day.

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