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2a. Find Books

Interlibrary Loan

If you come across a book you need for your research, and the Library does not own it, request it through our Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) service.

Interlibrary Loan requests can take up to 2 weeks to process, but is completely free.

Questions? Contact Hewes Library

general contact 309-457-2190 Email a librarian: reference@monmouthcollege.edu Call a librarian: 309-457-2301

Finding Books Using Library Catalogs

As a Monmouth College patron, you have access to three tiers of library catalogs. 

Step 1: Hewes Library Catalog

  • Locate books, DVDs, media, software, music recordings, and other AV items
  • Catalog does NOT contain articles
  • Items are immediately available to you
  • Advanced search available

 

Step 2: I-Share Catalog

  • I-Share FAQ
  • Borrow books from other libraries in Illinois.
  • Materials arrive in 3-5 days
  • Create a library account (see instructions on this page)
  • Once you register, remember to check your library account! The transactions you make with I-Share libraries are not monitored by Hewes Library.

 

Step 3: WorldCat

  • A larger, international library catalog, WorldCat, allows identification of materials beyond the Hewes Library and the I-Share Catalog. (Be sure to check these catalogs first.)
  • Materials identified in WorldCat should be requested using ILLiad.  Learn more about ILLiad.
  • Items may take 7-14 days to arrive. 

Library of Congress Call Number Classification

The materials in the library are organized by the Library of Congress (LC) Classification System so that books/videos on similar subjects are shelved together. Each item is given a subject heading that corresponds to a call number which identifies the location of the item on a shelf. Call numbers consists of letters and numbers, and are arranged on the shelves in alphabetical and numerical order. For example, the call number for the book A History of Skiing in Colorado is GV854.5 .C6 F38 2000.

GV One or two letters represent a broad subject. These letters are not initials or an abbreviation for the subject. In this case, “GV” are the letters for Recreation and Leisure.

854.5 Numbers for a more specific subject within the broad category. In this case, the winter sport of downhill skiing.

.C6 The next line is referred to as the cutter number. Some books have two cutters, the first of which breaks down the subject area even further. In this case the "C" refers to Colorado.

F38 If the call number has a second cutter number, this represents the author or organizations’s name or the title of the work. In this case the author's last name is Fay.

2000 The date the book was published.

Items are arranged on the shelves from left to right, top to bottom within each section of shelving, according to call numbers. Call numbers are arranged in alphabetical order by class letters, and then numerically, as outlined below:

In general, call numbers are arranged first in alphabetical sequence...

AS AY B BF DC G GT PE RA T TX

...then in numerical sequence. Read the second line, or the first set of numbers, as a WHOLE number.

AS
23.6
AS
23.7
AS
123
AY
8
AY
12
AY
79

...then by a combination of alphabetical and decimal order on the third line. Subsequent lines with both letters and numbers are read alphabetically and then in decimal order; subsequent lines with only numbers are read as whole numbers. For example, correct call number order is shown below for a sampling of items:

LB
1075
C29
A342
2000
LB
1725
U55
A35
LB
1725
U6
B3
LB
1725
U63
1999
LB
1725.1
A5
2005
LB
1725.3
D5

 

Catalog Search Tips

  • Keyword Search, default, searches all words in all fields.
  • Advanced Search is located below the main search box and allows more complex searches and multiple filters.
  • For a more specific search, choose Title, Author or Subject.
  • A Subject search focuses on just the Topic (or Subject) field. 

  • On the results screen, Narrow Your Search facets allow limits by format, collection, topic and more.

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