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I found a book in Search@UW that I want. How do I find it in the library?
You will need to note the location and call number of the book.
Once you have found a book you'd like to use in Search@UW, and the book is not checked out, you should see a green dot and a statement starting with "Available at" that continues with location information. After the location name and floor it is located on, you will see a short string of letters and numbers (like QL633 .E9x). This is the call number. You will need the entire number to find the book you are looking for, since call numbers are unique to each book and are used to gather books on similar topics together on the shelf.
If the book is not available, click the Locations tab to see if you can borrow it from another library or recall our copy. Look for a column called Request Options. You will need to sign in with your campus username and password to do this. We are not able to recall missing or lost items. (If we could, they wouldn't be lost!)
There are several different locations within the Cofrin Library where your book may be. The location is listed before the Call Number in the search results. A few of the most common locations are:
Stacks: Stacks simply means on the shelf in the library's general collection. If your location is Stacks and the call number you have begins with the letters A-P, the book is on the 6th floor. If the call number begins with the letters Q-Z, the book is on the 5th floor. From there, the books are shelved alphabetically by call number.
Stacks-Oversize: Books which are too tall to fit on standard library shelves are kept in the oversize stacks area. If the call number you have begins with the letters A-P, the book is on the 6th floor in the oversize area. If the call number begins with the letters Q-Z, the book is on the 5th floor in the oversize area.
Reference: Reference items are located on the 3rd floor. They are organized alphabetically by call number.
Archives and Area Research Center: Items in the Archives and Area Research Center are located on the 7th floor. These materials are usually rare items or items of local interest and may not be checked out. Please see the Archives and Area Research Center for their hours and more information.
GVP: Items with the location GVP are Government Publications. There will probably be a sub-location after GVP, such as United States, Microfiche, or Wisconsin. The government publications are located on the 5th floor of the library. They can be difficult to find, so if you have trouble, please don't hesitate to ask for help at the Reference Desk on the 3rd floor. More information about the government publications can be found on the Government Publications Library Guide.
Remote Storage or Compact Shelving: Some of our materials are not kept on the library floor. These materials will have a note after their location (usually remote storage or compact shelving) instructing you to ask at the Circulation Desk for these items.