How to use a Call Number to Find a Book

You’ve done a search in the library catalog for a book, but how do you find it?  What does all the stuff on the screen mean?

Step one: Write down the call number.  The call number is below the title, author and date information:

catalog entry for the book, College Drinking, showing the call number HV5135.D69 2009

Step Two:  If it is a book that you can borrow from the library (“circulating”), go upstairs.

Step Three: Find the bookshelf marked with the closest letters to the first letters in your call number:

Image of library bookstack

Step Four: Find your book on the shelf:

Image of call number on book

Step Five:  Bring the book and your SUNY Broome ID card to the checkout (circulation) counter downstairs.  Done!