To find a book you will need to search the Library Catalog.

  • If you know the title of the book, you should do an Exact Title search.
  • If you know the author of the book, you should do an Author search.
  • If you are looking for a book on a particular topic, you should perform a Keyword search or a Subjects(Library of Congress) search.
Determine the Location, Call Number, and Status of the Book
  • Location - The Location code corresponds to the building and floor where a book is shelved. Either click on the hyperlinked code for a location guide or use the guides posted around the library or at the Reference desk.   (Campus maps)
      TJ = Thomas Jefferson (North Campus)
      BARNES = Ward E. Barnes (South Campus).
  • Call # - once you know the building and floor where the book is located, you will need to have the call number of the book.
  • Status - Check to see the current status of the item. If the item is available, this section will display "NOT CHECKED OUT".  If the item is checked out, it will display "DUE:" with the due date.
LOCATIONCALL #STATUS
UMS TJ LEVEL 4 QA303 .G89  NOT CHECKD OUT


LOCATION CODESFLOOR
STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY - ST. LOUIS Second Floor
UMSL MERC ... JWB RRL
UMSL MERC ... WTR WYS
Second Floor
UMSL TJ LEVEL 1 First Floor
UMSL TJ LEVEL 4 Fourth Floor
UMSL TJ REF Third Floor (behind the computer lab)
UMSL TJ REF DESK Third Floor - Reference Desk
UMSL TJ RESERVE Third Floor - Circulation Desk
UMSL TJ MICRO
UMSL TJ PER
UMSL TJ CP/M
Fifth Floor
UMSL TJ COM1 or COM2
UMSL TJ GOV DOCS or UMSL MERC
Ask at the Reference Desk
UMSL TJ ITE or UMSL DEPOSITORY Remote Storage: Ask at the Reference Desk

If you have any questions, please ask at the Reference Desk or Ask A Librarian.