Books

Find Books

These are general guidelines for finding books. We are happy to help you if you have questions or need help with your specific topic.

1. Search a catalog

  • BLC Worldcat catalog: searches the UNH Library as well as the Boston Library Consortium and worldwide
  • UNH Library catalog: searches just the holdings at the UNH library locations in Durham and Manchester
  • Hint: To find books on a topic, do a keyword search. In your results, look for other keywords or subject terms that may also be relevant for your topic.
  • Hint: If your subject doesn't work, try a broader subject.
  • Hint: You can change the search to title when looking for a specific item
  • Hint: You can change the search to author when looking for books by a person or organization; for a person, enter last name first, then first name
  • Hint: You can find additional ways to refine or narrow your search under Advanced Search

2. Note the location, call number, and status for availability
Example

Location Call Number Status
Dimond -- Level 5 QK46.5 .H85 P66 2001 DUE 04-18-14
BioSci Stacks QK46.5 .H85 P66 2001 Available
Manchester General Coll QK46.5 .H85 P66 2001 Available

3. Go to the location of the book(s); Durham library building locations
Hint: You may want to browse nearby books on the shelf as they are often on the same subject.
Hint: If the book isn't 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.

4. Check out books
Once you find your book(s), check them out at the Circulation Desk in Dimond Level 3 (Main Floor) or at the branch library service desk. You will need to have your UNH library card with you.

Additional information

What if the book is in Manchester?

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

What if the book is in the Library Storage Building?

Click on the ”Request” icon at the top or bottom of the catalog record to request that the book you need be sent to Dimond Library for pick up at the Circulation Desk

What if the book is checked out?

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

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

  • Recall the checked-out book

What if the book shows a link instead of a call number?

The UNH Library provides access to many electronic books (e-books) as well as government publications, and journals that are available online. Click on the link to view.

What if the UNH Library does not have the book I need?

You can request it through BLC Worldcat or Interlibrary Loan. You may also ask us to purchase the book for the collection.