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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what the Library owns?

Our Library catalog  includes books, course reserves, print/electronic journals, CDs, DVDs and other media in Lilly Library and rare books in the Archives.

How do I search for a book?

When using the library catalog, we recommend keeping your search terms broad. Be sure to refine your search by location to the "Lilly Library," and explore other relevant filters. This includes filters by format, content type, publication year, author/creator, subject, databases, and languages,

Where are the physical collections located?

The Library's collections and services are spread across four floors.  Use the library maps page to determine what is located where.

How are physical collections organized?

With the exception of Bound Periodicals, collection material is organized by the  Library of Congress (LC) classification system. Floor maps tell you the location of call number ranges on each floor, and individual call numbers guide you to the items' shelf location.  Use the range finder attached at the top of each row's end panel to determine which side of the row contains the item you seek.

How do I borrow material from the Library?

The Front Desk is the place to check out items. You must have a valid Wabash College ID to borrow library material. Loan lengths are based on your borrower type (student, staff, or faculty) and material type.

Finding Physical Materials

Search for materials in th library catalog. For your chosen item, note the availability, location, and call number.

Catalog Location and Call Number

The Library of Congress (LC) Classification System uses call numbers to uniquely identify materials in our collection. Call numbers allow you to locate specific materials in stacks and browse related materials by subject.

Anatomy of a Call Number: Call numbers include a set of letters and numbers, and represent the broad subject, specific subject, identifying information like authors or geographic location, volume or edition number (if applicable), and publication date.

Call Number

Once you have identified the collection and call number, check the the library map to find which floor the book is located. The General Collections NA section, for example, is located on the second floor on the NW side of the building.

Finding eBooks in the Library Catalog

Find eBooks in the Library Catalog

1) Make sure the BOOKS  tab is selected, and input your search terms. Then select SEARCH.

2) Under your refinement list, select the EBOOK format option.

3) Expand the VIEW EBOOK button, and then click the View eBooklink. Multiple links may be listed if the ebook is housed in multiple eBook collections.

Search for eBooks

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