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About Finding Books

This page is designed to help you find books in the library catalogue (and on the shelves). It covers:

  • How to search the library catalogue
  • How to find books on the shelves
  • What call numbers are used for the collection
  • How to find books not in the Veech Library

If you have any questions, feel free to ask a librarian—we're here to help!


Finding Shelf Location

In finding your way around the Veech Library, please note that the library has two levels. 

On the first floor, the shelves hold the lending collection with classification numbers from 000-262.  Also held on this floor are the books placed on Reserve for CIS students only, the Serials Collection and the Reference Collection. 

On the upper level the shelves hold the lending collection with classification numbers from 263-999. There are signs to help you identify where you are and you can always ask a staff member for help in finding an item.

The online library search systems (see at right) will indicate the library location of books:

  • Books located in "MAIN" can be borrowed.
  • "RESERVE' books are usually used in the library but some can be borrowed overnight or for a few days.
  • "SERIALS" (periodicals), and "REFERENCE" items must remain in the building.
  • Ask at the reference desk to use Special Collections such as Australian Catholic Documentation Centre (ACH), Dissertations (CDI), Latin pre-1960s (L), Rare Books (CRB).  The initials in brackets after the names of these collections are included in the call number when searching on the library catalogue.

If the catalogue indicates that an item you want is borrowed, you can have the book reserved for you.  Just ask at the desk for this, or phone or email the library.  If you are a student or staff member of CIS, you can reserve the book yourself on the catalogue.


Searching the Catalogue by Keyword & Subject

The Keyword search option is the default option and is used to retrieve records that have that word or phrase somewhere in the record - for example, in the title, author, publication details.   Therefore, for example, if you type in 'mariology' you would get a list of items which have those words and letters somewhere in the record. 

To refine your search ie find resources on a specific aspect of mariology, click on one of the titles and go to the full record.  Scroll down until you get to the Subject Headings beneath the bibliographic details and click on the subject heading of your choice.  You will then see a list of related subject headings that you can choose to search one or more of.

When you click on the drop down arrow  next to 'Keyword', you are given a wide choice of search options, such as:

Title begins with...
Title keywords
Author's surname begins with...
Author keywords
Subject begins with...
Subject keywords
Series begins with...
Call number keywords
       plus many others

Any of these options can be used to find resources when the appropriate wording is typed into the search bar.  For example, when searching for a book written by David Alexander, you type in either his name as it is and click on 'Author keywords' or type his surname only and click on 'Author's surname begins with...' (Surname = family name).

For further details on how to search the Veech Library catalogue, hit the 'Help' tab on the catalogue screen.

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Borrowing Books

Questions about your borrowing privileges? Read about these on the Library page of the Institute's website.


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