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Tutorials on using Gertrude Kistler Library, online library resources, and various information sources from elsewhere.
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What's On Each Floor?

The Library has three floors, each with different types of resources available. The Main floor is the one where you enter the library, the Ground floor is downstairs from the Main floor, and the Third floor is upstairs from the Main floor.

Main Floor

  • Remembering Sr. Helen Mary Weisbrod, SHCJ Information Commons
  • Information Desk
  • Reference collection
  • Popular reading and DVDs
  • Eleanor's Cafe
  • Video viewing equipment
  • Staff offices
  • Change machine
  • Printers
  • Restrooms
  • Books
  • Print periodicals: Front Reading Room

Third Floor

  • Books
  • Study tables: Third Floor Reading Room
  • Staff offices
  • Archives (not open to the public; if you need to use archival materials, contact 610-527-0200 x2208 or to schedule an appointment)
  • Rare Book Collection: Room 301
  • Paul Ingersoll Publisher's Bindings Collection
  • The Institute for Ethical Leadership and Social Responsibility collection (marked ELSR in the catalog)

Ground Floor

  • Computing area - Learning Commons
  • Video viewing equipment
  • Educational DVDs and CDs
  • Back issues of print periodicals: Room 112
  • Moving stacks
  • Copiers
  • Rosemont Training/Information Literacy Center: Room 117
  • Rosemont and Alumni Collections: Room 117
  • Children's book collection: Room 116
  • Microforms
  • Rosemont College Heritage Collection: Room 113
  • African American Collection (marked AFRAMER in the catalog): Room 113
  • Yvonne Chism-Peace Women's Poetry Collection (marked YVONNE in the catalog): Room 113
  • Iwilla Literary Press Collection (marked IWILLA in the catalog): Room 113
  • TCLC Office: Room 114

I Have A Call Number; Where's The Book?

The letter(s) at the beginning of the call number are your key to finding out where in the library the book is located.

If the call number starts with:

Then it'll be in the stacks on the:
A Main Floor
B Main Floor
C Main Floor
D,E,F Third Floor
G Ground Floor
H Third Floor
J,K Ground Floor
L Third Floor
M Ground Floor
N Third Floor
P-PM Ground Floor
PN-PS Third Floor
PT Ground Floor
Q Ground Floor
R Ground Floor
S Ground Floor
T Ground Floor
U Ground Floor
V Ground Floor
Z Ground Floor

Note: Books on the ground floor will be in the moving stacks, past the computing area from the main stairs.

A copy of this chart can also be found posted in the main stairwell.


How Do I Read A Call Number?

The Library uses the Library of Congress classification system. If you're not familiar with LC call numbers, they can seem a little confusing, but don't worry: here's a quick explanation of how they work.

Books are arranged first alphabetically, using the letters at the start of the call number: LC487 .C43 1994
Then numerically, by the numbers that come directly after the letter. These are read as whole numbers: in other words, 400 comes later than 43. LC487 .C43 1994
Then alphabetically again, by the letter that comes after the decimal point: LC487 .C43 1994
Then numerically again, by the number that comes directly after that letter. These are read as decimal numbers: in other words: 55 comes later than 541. LC487 .C43 1994
There may be another letter-number combination after the one with the decimal point in front of it. If so, you read it the same way: first alphabetically by letter, and then numerically in decimal order. BX1795 .I57 E83 2000
The four-digit number at the end of the call number is the publication date of the item. LC487 .C43 1994

Want to practice? Try this LC Call Numbers Quiz, provided by the librarians at Western Connecticut State University.

If you want to learn about which subjects are associated with which Library of Congress call numbers, see the Library of Congress Classification Outline.


When Is The Library Open, Again?

Regular Library Hours:

Monday 8:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM

For hours during breaks and finals, see the Library Hours page.

Library hours are also always available on a taped message at x2957, and posted on the Library door.


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