Books in the library are classified and shelved by subject. If you simply want to browse the shelves, here are some broad call number areas to peruse both in Reference on the second floor and in the Circulating collection on the third floor.
Literature, Theatre, Film including reviews - PN
History - E, F
The online catalog is a database of the library's holdings. Use the link below to begin. You can search the catalog by title, author, subject and keyword.
If you are searching for biographical material on a particular author, use a subject search, typing the author's last name first. If you are looking for criticisms or reviews of an author's work, again use a subject search typing the author's last name first then scan the subject subheadings for Criticism and Interpretation. See the example below for criticisms of works by John Steinbeck.
For a book with the call number PS3537 T3234 G8 1986b:
The first set of numbers and letters are read alphabetically then numerically:
you’ll look for PS after PR
then 3537 in numerical order within the PSs
The next set of letters is again alphabetical but the numbers are in decimal order:
look for the Ts
then 3234 will come after 31 but before 33.