How To Find Books

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1. Search a catalog

Decide which catalog to search.

  • UNH Library catalog searches Durham and Manchester
  • BLC Worldcat catalog searches UNH, Boston Library Consortium, and worldwide

Search Tips

  • Use keyword search to find books on a topic
  • Use title search when looking for a specific item
  • Use author search when looking for books by a person or organization; for a person, enter last name first
  • Use advanced search to narrow your results
  • Use keywords and subject terms from your results to improve your search
  • Use broader terms if you are not getting results

2. Note the location, call number, and status

Example of catalog record

Location Call Number Status
Dimond - Level 5 E468.7 .B64 1999 AVAILABLE
Archives 378 N5Mf B6938s NON CIRC
Manchester Oversize E468.7 .B64 1999 AVAILABLE

3. Go to the book location

We have more than one library location. Check Durham library building locations to find the one you need.

Location Tips

  • You may want to browse nearby books on the shelf; they are often on the same subject
  • If the book is not on the shelf, try checking the waiting shelves (adjacent to the public restrooms on Levels 1, 2, 4, and 5) in Dimond Library or at the service desks of any of the Branch Library locations
  • Oversize and juvenile books have special sections in the stacks

4. Check out books

Check books out at the Circulation Desk in Dimond Level 3 (Main Floor) or at the branch library service desk. You will need your UNH library card.

Additional information

If the book is in Manchester

To have the book delivered to Durham, use the request form or contact the Circulation Desk in Dimond.

If the book is in Storage

Click on the Request icon at the top or bottom of the catalog page. It will be sent to Dimond Library for pick up at the Circulation Desk.

If the book is checked out

The catalog will indicate the due date. To get the book, you can

  • Request it through BLC Worldcat; books often arrive within 2-5 days
    Note: this service is available only to UNH students, faculty, and staff
  • Recall the checked-out book

If UNH does not have the item you need

You can request books through BLC Worldcat or Interlibrary Loan. You may also recommend that we purchase a book for our collection.