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HSAS Library Website: Finding books

What is the fastest, most efficient way to find books in the Lehman College library?

The most efficient way may be to get help from a librarian at the reference desk on the first floor.

On your own, you should:

  1. Use either the Lehman College OneSearch or the CUNY Catalog set to Lehman College to find books that Lehman College owns. Each of these tools has advantages and disadvantages. See the descriptions and links to these databases elsewhere on this page and the separate pages about them. 
  2. Find the book's call number and make sure that the online database shows it as available (rather than out of library). Write down or otherwise record the call number. 
  3. Identify the first letter of the call number. 
  4. Use the Stacks Directory on this page to match that first letter to the book's location in the stacks.
  5. Go to that area of the stacks.
  6. Look for aisles containing that first letter, or the first two letters (if applicable), of the call number.
  7. When you find the books with the same first letter as yours, look at the first number. Follow those numbers up or down on the shelves until you get a match.
  8. When you find a number that matches, look at the second letter. Follow the books on the shelves up or down alphabetically until you find a match. 
  9. Once you've matched the first letter(s), the first number, and the second letter, look for a match for the second number. 
  10. Keep going this way until the call number matches exactly. 
  11. You've found your book!

Watch a video about finding books using the Library of Congress call number system:

 Stacks directory

A, B, C, D

2nd Floor South

E, F 2nd Floor North
G, GV, H, J 3rd Floor North
K 3rd Floor South
L 3rd Floor South (the Education area)
M1 - M2198 2nd Floor North
ML1 - MT1375 2nd Floor North
N 2nd Floor North
P 3rd Floor North
Q, R, S, T, U, V 3rd Floor South
Z 2nd Floor South
Education Books & Periodicals 3rd Floor South
Reference Books (except Education) 1st Floor South
Government Documents 1st Floor - Ask at Reference Desk
Music scores, Audio and Videos 2nd Floor (Fine Arts)
Periodicals (except Education) Basement
Reserve, Quick Reference, Ready Reference 1st Floor
Special Collections 2nd Floor North, Room 230