Finding Print Sources

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Access the Barber Library’s catalog by clicking on the “Books & More” icon on the home page and then choosing the link to the Barber Library’s Catalog. Once in the catalog, you can search by keyword (like a Google search), author, or title. You can use the same search techniques in the catalogs that you use in the databases.

When you find a book in the catalog, you will see a location and a call number (outlined in red in image below). That tells you exactly where in the Library you can find the book, just like a street address tells you where to find a house in town.

If you have trouble finding a book in the Library, you can always ask library staff for assistance.

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call number and location on catalog screen

What if COCC doesn’t have the book I’m looking for?

The COCC Library shares a system with Oregon State University, so you can also check their catalog. If they have the book you want, you can request it and have it sent here. If OSU doesn’t have it, you can try the Summit catalog. The Summit catalog searches 37 academic libraries in the Pacific Northwest. If one of those schools has your item, you can request it and have it sent here.

It usually takes requested items between 2 and 5 business days to arrive, depending on where they’re coming from, so take that into account when deciding whether or not to request a book.

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