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Library Basics: FAQs

Where's My Book?

The library catalog will give you a location (library floor) and the call number. The call number is the label on the book spine and consists of letters and numbers. When you get to the library floor, there will be signs to where the call numbers are. Follow this to find your letters first and then the numbers.

For more information on how books are organized in the library, you can review the Reading Call Numbers LibGuide.

As a general policy, the library does not purchase textbooks for the collection.  We would be happy to check the catalog for you for older editions of textbooks. You can also request any book through InterLibrary Loan.


Which Desk Do I Use?

The Circulation Desks on the first floor is where you check out and return books; pick up interlibrary loan, requested items, and reserve items; pay fines; and update your personal library account information.

The Reference Desk on the first floor is where you get help with your research and class assignments. This desk is where librarians will be happy to help you get the best resources for your academic work.

The IT Help Desk & Dragon Card Desk on the first floor by the door leading to the CMU is where to go if you're having problems with your computer, printing, WiFi, StarID, and other access issues.

The University Writing Support Center on the first floor is where to go for proofreading, citation assistance, and other help for making sure you write your best papers.

Printing and Copying

Standard printers are located on the first floor in the reference area and in the 24-hour lab. Combination copier-printers are located on the first floor in the reference area and on the 2nd floor near the periodicals stacks and the media section. The only color printer in the library is in the 24-hour lab.

To print using the standard printers, you will need your Student ID to log in. You can log in with your StarID and password manually on the combination copier-printers.

The combination copier-printers can also be used to make scans. These are good for scanning loose pages and books that don't lay flat easily.

A scanner is available on the first floor next to the combination copier-printer. This scanner is good for books that lay flat or close to it, documents that need to be in color, for longer scanning projects, such as a book chapter, and for larger documents.

The library does not have a fax machine, but online faxing is an option. Consult the Reference Desk for instructions on how to fax online using FaxZero.