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.
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:|
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 40.||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 - Thursday||8:30 AM - 11:00 PM|
|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.